- government in which one person has uncontrolled or unlimited authority over others; the government or power of an absolute monarch.
- a nation, state, or community ruled by an autocrat.
- unlimited authority, power, or influence of one person in any group.
Origin of autocracy
Examples from the Web for autocracy
The nature of the autocracy—that it was only answerable to itself—meant it could not draw its power from the people.Kotkin Biography Reveals Stalin's Evil Pragmatism
November 30, 2014
Ortega has dismissed the allegations of autocracy and fraud that have afflicted his presidency as politically motivated.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
Autocracy is just a Russian bad habit, like smoking three packs of cigarettes a day and drinking a liter of vodka.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself
P. J. O’Rourke
May 11, 2014
It was a strange world, or seems so in retrospect, built as it was of equal parts meritocracy and autocracy.Peter Matthiessen Was One of the Greatest Writers of a Great Generation
April 7, 2014
There are elements of autocracy, monarchy and military in the organizational structure and culture of Chassidic movements.What Peter Beinart Gets Wrong About Chabad
July 1, 2013
For that is the mark of Russian autocracy and of Russian revolt.
He embodied the whole power of autocracy because he was its guardian.
Do you suppose Labour will endure the autocracy of the Bolsheviki?
And that is autocracy; and autocracy is what you say you oppose!
Why destroy the autocracy of the capitalist and erect on its ruins the autocracy of the worker?
- government by an individual with unrestricted authority
- the unrestricted authority of such an individual
- a country, society, etc, ruled by an autocrat
Word Origin and History for autocracy
1650s, "independent power, self-sustained power," from French autocratie, from Greek autokrateia "ruling by oneself," noun of state from autokrates (see autocrat). Meaning "absolute government, supreme political power" is recorded from 1855.