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decemvirs


decemvirs


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decemvir  \De*cem"vir\,  n.;  pl  E.  {Decemvirs},  L.  {Decemviri}. 
  [L.,  fr  decem  ten  +  vir  a  man.] 
  1.  One  of  a  body  of  ten  magistrates  in  ancient  Rome. 
 
  Note:  The  title  of  decemvirs  was  given  to  various  bodies  of 
  Roman  magistrates.  The  most  celebrated  decemvirs  framed 
  ``the  laws  of  the  Twelve  Tables,''  about  450  B.  C.,  and 
  had  absolute  authority  for  three  years. 
 
  2.  A  member  of  any  body  of  ten  men  in  authority.