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[ol-i-gahr-kik or ol-i-gahr-ki-kuh l] /ˌɒl ɪˈgɑr kɪk or ˌɒl ɪˈgɑr kɪ kəl/
of, relating to, or having the form of an oligarchy.
Origin of oligarchic
1640-50; < Greek oligarchikós, equivalent to oligarch(ía) oligarchy + -ikos -ic
Related forms
oligarchically, adverb
nonoligarchic, adjective
nonoligarchical, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Well, I said, and in oligarchical States do you not find paupers?

    The Republic Plato
  • Does not the timocratical man change into the oligarchical on this wise?

    The Republic Plato
  • And that is our reason for establishing an oligarchical constitution with their concurrence.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • The oligarchical revolution had been carried on with the most outrageous violence.

    Callias Alfred John Church
  • These are the deceitful contrivances of oligarchical legislators.

    Politics Aristotle
  • But how was an oligarchical party to predominate in popular elections?

    Sketches Benjamin Disraeli
  • After nine years of banishment these exiles returned, and the result was an oligarchical reaction in the chief cities of Boeotia.

  • At Megara this year the dissensions of the oligarchical and popular factions almost resulted in its capture by the Athenians.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • It is not difficult to detect in the oligarchical Church polity of the fourth and fifth centuries a yearning for unity.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
Word Origin and History for oligarchical



1640s, from Greek oligarkhikos, from oligarkhos, related to oligarkhia (see oligarchy). Related: Oligarchical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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