Definitions

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

  • n. A group of four people joined in authority or office, especially a government of four people: "[Chiang Kai-shek] was . . . the last survivor of the World War II quadrumvirate that included Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin” ( Newsweek).

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  • n. A group of four men, especially four men joined in authority

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

  • n. a group of four men

Etymologies

quadr(i)- + (tri)umvirate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • When the revolutionary quadrumvirate split into two factions -- Villa -

    Mariano Azuela

  • Mr. Gilgan, so Cowperwood knew, was only one of a new quadrumvirate setting out to rule the city, but he pretended to believe that he was the last word — an all power and authority — after the fashion of McKenty.

    The Titan

  • Naturally, the minor speculators throughout the city — those who had expected to make a fortune out of this crash — raged and complained, but, being faced by an adamantine exchange directorate, a subservient press, and the alliance between the big bankers and the heavy quadrumvirate, there was nothing to be done.

    The Titan

  • Here was not only a loophole for himself in connection with his own subtle side-plays, but also, if the quadrumvirate desired, an excuse for deserting the troublesome fortunes of Hull & Stackpole.

    The Titan

  • If it could be made effective this quadrumvirate was to endure for years.

    The Titan

  • The local banks at the behest of the big quadrumvirate might be coerced into straining their resources still further.

    The Titan

  • He had the justification in his own mind that the quadrumvirate had been ready to desert him anyhow.

    The Titan

  • There can be a motion of no confidence in the whole ruling triumvirate or quadrumvirate but not in an individual leader.

    ADDRESS OF NELSON MANDELA, PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS ON RECEIVING AN HONORARY LLD DEGREE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND

  • Laviola, the Fiscal Secretary, and Hans Meyerstein, the Banking Cartel's lawyer, and Hewlett, the Personnel Chief, and Buhrmann, the Commercial Secretary, have made up a sort of quadrumvirate and are trying to run things.

    Uller Uprising

  • Chief, and Buhrmann, the Commercial Secretary, have made up a sort of quadrumvirate and are trying to run things.

    Ullr Uprising

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