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[struh-tok-ruh-see] /strəˈtɒk rə si/
noun, plural stratocracies.
government by the military.
Origin of stratocracy
1645-55; < Greek strató(s) army + -cracy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is in the perfection of the stratocracy that we must look for the key to the excesses of the autocrat.

    The Caesars Thomas de Quincey
  • There were then, in fact, two great forces in the government acting in and by each other—the stratocracy, and the Autocracy.

    The Caesars Thomas de Quincey
British Dictionary definitions for stratocracy


noun (pl) -cies
military rule
Derived Forms
stratocrat (ˈstrætəˌkræt) noun
stratocratic (ˌstrætəˈkrætɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Greek stratos an army + -cracy
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Word Origin and History for stratocracy

"government by the army," 1650s, from Greek stratos "army" (see strategy) + -kratia "rule of," from kratos "strength, power, rule" (see -cracy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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