tetrarchy

noun
te·​trar·​chy | \ ˈte-ˌträr-kē How to pronounce tetrarchy (audio) , ˈtē- \
plural tetrarchies

Definition of tetrarchy

: government by four persons ruling jointly

Examples of tetrarchy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Emperor Diocletian tried to bring order by distributing power to a four-ruler tetrarchy that would govern the four quarters of the empire. Kristin Baird Rattini, National Geographic, 25 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of tetrarchy

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Tetrarchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetrarchy. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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