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  • n. The office or term of office of the decemvirs of ancient Rome, who had absolute authority for two years.
  • n. A body of ten men in authority.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office or term of office of the decemvirs in Rome.
  • n. A body of ten men in authority.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office or term of office of a body of decemvirs.
  • n. A body of ten men in authority.


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  • In the popular eye, Cotton Mather concentrated all the sacred memories of the great "decemvirate," as Higginson called it, of the Mathers, who had been set apart as Ministers of God; and he was venerable, besides, in the associations connected with the hallowed traditions of his maternal grandfather, whose name he bore, John Cotton.

    Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather A Reply

  • Before entering the Senate, he held (as stated in the chief inscription, given below) the decemvirate _litibus iudicandis_, the military tribunate in the third Gallic legion, and the title of Sevir in the Roman knighthood.

    The Student's Companion to Latin Authors

  • At the end of the first year, the task of the board was quite far from being finished, so a new decemvirate was elected to complete the work.

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • -- The overthrow of the decemvirate was followed by a long struggle between the nobles and the commons, which was an effort on the part of the latter to gain admission to the consulship; for up to this time only a patrician could hold that office.

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • By this means a reconciliation was effected: the rioters were granted immunity for their acts, and the decemvirate was abolished; the annual magistracies, including that of tribunes, were restored with the same privileges as they had formerly enjoyed.

    Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6) An Historical Narrative Originally Composed in Greek during the Reigns of Septimius Severus, Geta and Caracalla, Macrinus, Elagabalus and Alexander Severus: and Now Presented in English Form

  • An opinion also had gone abroad without an authority, that they had conspired in their tyranny not only for the present time, but that a clandestine league had been struck among them (accompanied) with an oath, that they would not hold the comitia, and that by perpetuating the decemvirate they would retain the power now in their possession.

    The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08

  • The five that had already fallen when John received the vision were the regal power, the consular, the decemvirate, the military tribunes, and the triumvirate.

    The Last Reformation

  • At one time he formed part of that merciless decemvirate which -- with Robespierre at its head -- meant to govern France by laws of bloodshed and of unparalleled ferocity.

    The Elusive Pimpernel

  • The greater part of the year had now elapsed; two tables had been added to the ten of the previous year; if these additional laws were passed by the "Comitia Centuriata" there was no reason why the decemvirate should be any longer considered necessary.

    The History of Rome, Vol. I

  • A belief, not traceable to any authoritative source, had got abroad that their conspiracy against law and justice was not for the present only, a secret and sworn agreement existed amongst them not to hold any elections, but to keep their power, now they had once obtained it, by making the decemvirate perpetual.

    The History of Rome, Vol. I


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