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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a state ruled by a prince
2. (Historical Terms) a form of rule in the early Roman Empire in which some republican forms survived


(ˈprɪn səˌpeɪt)

1. supreme power or office.
2. the form of government of the early Roman Empire, under which some of the outward forms of the Republic were maintained.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin prīncipātus=prīncip- (see prince) + -ātus -ate3]
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By the time the Principate was in full swing after Augustus, a discourse of image destruction and memory erasure for those who were rivals or former favorites of emperors, including women, became normal, rising to special and comprehensive treatment in the destruction, demolition, and recutting of portraits in the cases of disgraced former emperors.
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The republic lived on, albeit in a new phase, the Principate, in place of the earlier Consulate.
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