Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Government by two joint rulers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of government where power is shared between two joint authorities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A form of government in which the supreme power is vested in two persons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A government in which the executive power is vested in two persons, as that of the two joint kings of Sparta or of Siam, or as in the case of William and Mary of England. Also, erroneously, dinarchy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a form of government having two joint rulers

Etymologies

di- + -archy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While the majority of Russians expect Putin to assume the presidency again, political experts say the ruling tandem, which has also become known as a diarchy, will likely continue with the current arrangement of roles.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Australia's defence apparatus has a unique "diarchy" structure, whereby the white-collar Defence staff and the uniformed ADF both report directly to the Minster.

    newmatilda.com - Comments

  • "diarchy," or division of governmental responsibility between councillors nominated by the British executive and ministers chosen from elective legislative bodies.

    The New World of Islam

  • In reality, it is the perfect example of how well the ruling diarchy works in Russia to disaggregate critical EU states and sow divisions on the continent.

    Robert Amsterdam: The Rise of the Franco-Russo Axis

  • And there are fresh signs of tension within the ruling diarchy of Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev.

    Brian Whitmore: A Creeping Police State or Looming Anarchy

  • But what if teetering is a natural feature of a normally functioning diarchy?

    Robert Coalson: Playing Devil's Advocate for Putin

  • Perhaps what we are seeing now in Russia -- where the ruling system is undergoing genuine stress from the bleak economic circumstances -- is the breakdown of the fig-leaf theory, more than the collapse of the diarchy.

    Robert Coalson: Playing Devil's Advocate for Putin

  • Although often sung together with the "Marcia Reale", some sources consider "Giovinezza" to have supplanted the Royal March as the de facto national anthem (Inno della Patria) of Italy, to the dismay of Victor Emmanuel III of Italy — a powerful symbol of the diarchy between the King and Mussolini.

    13th December '07

  • In fact, it is a diarchy between the president and the prime minister.

    Is Committing Crimes Right Of Rulers?

  • So, while we insist on remaining true to the concept of union, while we reject utterly the false doctrines of separatism, quasi-separatism and a Canadian diarchy, we also put from our minds totally and completely the attempt to solve our problems or suggest that the basis of our nationbuilding is the assertion that the French Canadians are a "conquered race".

    The Canadian Union—Future Prospects

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