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also dy·ar·chy (dī′är′kē)
n. pl. di·ar·chies also dy·ar·chies
Government by two joint rulers.
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(ˈdaɪɑːkɪ) or


n, pl -chies
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government by two states, individuals, etc
diˈarchic, diˈarchical, diˈarchal, dyˈarchic, dyˈarchical, dyˈarchal adj
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or dy•ar•chy

(ˈdaɪ ɑr ki)

n., pl. -chies.
a government in which power is vested in two rulers or authorities.
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diarchy, dyarchy

a government controlled by two rulers; biarchy. — diarch, dyarch, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diarchy - a form of government having two joint rulers
form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power
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This diarchy of sorts is the new normal in Pakistan.
It is quite apparent that the army chief is now a part of the ruling diarchy. It is true that every army chief maintains a high public profile, yet Gen Bajwa has assumed an even greater presence than his recent predecessors.
They pointed out a diarchy in governance of the banking sector: the central bank mainly governing private banks while the Banking Division under the finance ministry reigning over the public banks.
You were in the House of Representatives of the diarchy era, when we had a military head of state and a legislature elected by the people.
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This resulted in a diarchy and acrimony between the Chief Minister and the Governor.
Diarchy which was practiced in provinces before was abolished at provincial level and was introduced at central level.
The dual authority structure is established in the semi-presidential constitutions as a "two-headed configuration" or a "diarchy between a president, the head of state, and a prime minister that heads the government" (Sartori, 1994: 122).
As a result, what has emerged is a de facto diarchy, reminiscent of the British colonial tradition--so graphically illustrated in recent initiatives in re-organising the nation's national security setup.
Iranian gains have pushed the Saudi-Emirati Gulf Arab diarchy and its allies into an unprecedentedly violent response The UAE has intervened militarily as far away as Libya.
The minister said they proposed a compromise that entailed directorates under the ministry but to avoid a diarchy, the minister must head the CTO board which should also include hoteliers.
During the period of diarchy (1985-1999), the 8th Amendment gave the President power to dissolve the National Assembly and thus dismiss the federal government.