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A.Word.A.Day--interrex

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interrex (IN-tuhr-reks) noun, plural interreges (in-tuhr-REE-jeez)

A person holding supreme authority in a state during an interregnum (the interval of time between the end of a sovereign's reign and the accession of a successor).

[From Latin, inter- between + rex, king.]

"The consuls, too, fell ill, and it was decided to carry on the government through an interrex." Livy, The History Of Early Rome: Part 4, History of the World.

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