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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Interregnum  \In`ter*reg"num\,  n.;  pl  {Interregnums}.  [L.,  fr 
  inter  between  +  regnum  dominion,  reign.  See  {Reign},  and  cf 
  {Interreign}.] 
  1.  The  time  during  which  a  throne  is  vacant  between  the  death 
  or  abdication  of  a  sovereign  and  the  accession  of  his 
  successor. 
 
  2.  Any  period  during  which  for  any  cause  the  executive 
  branch  of  a  government  is  suspended  or  interrupted. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  interregnum 
  n  :  the  time  between  two  reigns,  governments,  etc 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  INTERREGNUM,  n.  The  period  during  which  a  monarchical  country  is 
  governed  by  a  warm  spot  on  the  cushion  of  the  throne.  The  experiment 
  of  letting  the  spot  grow  cold  has  commonly  been  attended  by  most 
  unhappy  results  from  the  zeal  of  many  worthy  persons  to  make  it  warm 
  again 
 
 




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