- one of the rulers in an oligarchy.
Origin of oligarch
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Examples from the Web for oligarch
When I suggest a Russian oligarch as a possible purchaser, Lobanov says, "No, where could they keep it in Russia?"The World's Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars
October 19, 2014
Few constituents celebrate the oligarch lifestyle of the rich and famous Congressman, supported by our hard earned tax dollars.Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff On Congressional Travel Disclosure
July 4, 2014
An oligarch opposed to Russia offers rewards for the capture of commandos occupying government buildings.
The oligarch tried to clarify things on his Facebook page: “The first $10,000 tranche is finished,” he said.
He was reportedly chatting with the oligarch about relaxing E.U. aluminum tariffs.Britain’s KGB Sugar Daddy
March 7, 2014
After this manner the democrat was generated out of the oligarch?
I assume, I said, that the tyrant is in the third place from the oligarch; the democrat was in the middle?
And the oligarch is third from the royal; since we count as one royal and aristocratical?
Where every man, from nobleman to labourer, should be an oligarch by faith, and a gentleman by practice.The Patrician
He was an oligarch, but he wanted the oligarchy round him to be true and honest!The Life of Cicero
- a member of an oligarchy
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Word Origin and History for oligarch
c.1600, from Middle French olygarche, oligarque, from Greek oligarkhes, related to oligarkhia (see oligarchy).
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