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[sley-vok-ruh-see] /sleɪˈvɒk rə si/
noun, plural slavocracies.
the rule or domination of slaveholders:
the slavocracy of the old plantations.
a dominating body of slaveholders.
Origin of slavocracy
First recorded in 1830-40; slave + -o- + -cracy
Related forms
[sley-vuh-krat] /ˈsleɪ vəˌkræt/ (Show IPA),
[sley-vuh-krat-ik] /ˌsleɪ vəˈkræt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was thus that Van Buren made his extreme concession to the slavocracy.

    Martin Van Buren Edward M. Shepard
  • slavocracy is only one of the scales on the tail of the dragon of plutocracy.

    Children of the Market Place

    Edgar Lee Masters
  • That could be done then, for slavocracy only interfered with free speech in the South.

    Children of the Market Place

    Edgar Lee Masters
  • It proved to be "a stronger defiance to slavocracy than anything ever uttered in the hall of Congress."

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune Hill Peebles Wilson
  • It had long been an axiom with the slavocracy that the institution would perish unless it had the opportunity to expand.

  • The New England conscience excoriated these things and attributed them to the machinations of the slavocracy.

    Children of the Market Place

    Edgar Lee Masters
  • There was already much talk that Texas was being drawn toward the United States by the slavocracy.

    Children of the Market Place

    Edgar Lee Masters
  • If Douglas had the slavocracy back of him and catered to it, he did not have plutocracy back of him.

    Children of the Market Place

    Edgar Lee Masters
  • Douglas had wished for land for his country and had paralleled the course of the slavocracy to get it.

    Children of the Market Place

    Edgar Lee Masters
  • The Imperial mediator and bottle-holder to slavocracy belies not his bloody origin and his bloody appetites.

British Dictionary definitions for slavocracy


noun (esp in the US before the Civil War) (pl) -cies
slaveholders as a dominant class
domination by slaveholders
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slavocracy

also slaveocracy, in U.S. history, "the political dominance of slave-owners," 1840, formed irregularly from slave (n.) + -cracy. Related: Slavocrat.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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