Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, one of five commissioners who were appointed from time to time under the republic as extraordinary magistrates to carry any measure into effect, as to provide relief in time of public distress, to direct the establishment of a colony, or to provide for the repair of fortifications.
- n. One of five commissioners appointed for some special object.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot. Antiq.) One of five commissioners appointed for some special object.
“Horace applies this epithet to one who has served the office of _quinquevir_, or proconsul's notary, and who was therefore master of all the arts of chicanery.”
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