from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A government by two; a diarchy. Also duarchy.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of diarchy.

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  • noun a form of government having two joint rulers


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  • Two years later that policy was partly brought to fruition in the Montagu-Chelmsford reforms when dyarchy, that is to say a dual system of government, was introduced into the provinces, whereby the Governors ruled their provinces with the aid of Cabinets, chosen from Indian Legislatures, but at the same time certain subjects were reserved and among them law and order, so that there might not be too abrupt a transition from unitarian government to responsible government in the provinces.

    Changing India 1938

  • In a system called "dyarchy," the nation-building departments of government - agriculture, education, public works, and the like - were placed under ministers who were individually responsible to the legislature.

    The British Raj 1995

  • The council was reorganized along functional lines in a system similar to British dyarchy.

    3. Laos and Cambodia 2001

  • Working the institutions introduced under dyarchy underscored the very different interests of urban and rural participants.

    2. Southeast Asia 2001

  • Under the “dyarchy” principle, important matters were “reserved” for the governor and the appointed British members of his executive council; the less important (sanitation, education, agriculture, etc.) were to be “transferred” to the Indian members.

    1918-19 2001

  • At the center, the act essentially provided for the establishment of dyarchy, but it also provided for a federal system that included the princes.

    The British Raj 1995

  • At some schools, I am told, there is a sort of dyarchy.

    Surprised by Joy Lewis, C. S. 1955

  • That, of course, again is dyarchy of the same kind as was originally in force in the provinces and which proved unsuccessful.

    Changing India 1938

  • As you know the next installment of reform was given in 1935 by the Act of 1935, when the autonomy in the provinces which had been begun in 1919 was extended by the abolition of the system of dyarchy so that every subject of administration was dealt with by the Governor with the aid of his Cabinet.

    Changing India 1938

  • Governors, of treating the two wings of their Government as equally associated with them in a common task of governance, has robbed the distinction between "reserved" and "transferred" subjects, if not of all reality, at any rate of the invidious appearance of discrimination which might otherwise have attached to the word "dyarchy."

    India, Old and New Valentine Chirol 1890


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  • JM reckons it doesn't make much difference who wins the election 'cause it's always a dyarchy - us and them!

    August 18, 2010