Pentarchy
Pentarchy Pen"tar*chy, n. [Gr. ?: cf. F. pentarchie. See {Penta-}, and {-archy}.] A government in the hands of five persons; five joint rulers. --P. Fletcher. ``The pentarchy of the senses.'' --A. Brewer. [1913 Webster]

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  • Pentarchy — is a Greek derived word meaning rule by five . In Christian history, the word applies particularly to the idea of the administration of the entire Christian church by the Five Great Sees or early Patriarchates of Late Antiquity. The Historical… …   Wikipedia

  • pentarchy — [pen′tär kē, pen′tär΄kē] n. pl. pentarchies [Gr pentarchia: see PENTA & ARCHY] 1. a federation of five states, each under an individual leader or ruler 2. government by five rulers …   English World dictionary

  • pentarchy — pentarch, n. pentarchical, adj. /pen tahr kee/, n., pl. pentarchies. 1. a government by five persons. 2. a governing body of five persons. 3. a federation of five nations, each under its own government or ruler. [1580 90; < Gk pentarchía. See… …   Universalium

  • pentarchy — noun Etymology: Greek pentarchia, from penta + archia archy Date: circa 1586 a group of five countries or districts each under its own ruler or government …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pentarchy — noun a) Government by five persons. b) A governing body consisting of five persons …   Wiktionary

  • Pentarchy —    Greek term for the rule of five, referring to the Byzantine theory, which evolved in the fifth and sixth centuries (formally sanctioned by Justinian I [q.v.]), that church authority is collective, residing in the five patriarchates (q.v.) of… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

  • pentarchy — government by five individuals Forms of Government …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • pentarchy — pen·tarchy …   English syllables

  • pentarchy — pen•tar•chy [[t]ˈpɛn tɑr ki[/t]] n. pl. chies 1) gov a government or governing body consisting of five persons 2) gov a union of five states or kingdoms, each under its own ruler • Etymology: 1580–90; < Gk pentarchía. See pent , archy… …   From formal English to slang

  • pentarchy — /ˈpɛntaki/ (say pentahkee) noun (plural pentarchies) 1. a government by five persons. 2. a governing body of five persons. 3. a group of five states or kingdoms, each under its own ruler. {Greek pentarchia} …   Australian English dictionary

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