- a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God's or deity's laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.
- a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission.
- a commonwealth or state under such a form or system of government.
Origin of theocracy
Examples from the Web for theocracy
He challenged the very core of the Iranian theocracy and demanded respect for basic human rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Salafis, who believe in a Muslim theocracy, say the Egyptian government must interpret Shariah and enforce it upon the nation.Egyptian 'Democracy' in Action
November 21, 2012
They shudder from the mere thought that Rabbi Amar's admonition may come about and Israel will turn into a theocracy.Does Israel Need A Chief Rabbi?
September 25, 2012
Nor, for that matter, is the Iranian theocracy, Hamas, or Hizbullah.Assad’s House of Cards
August 24, 2011
In that sense America, like [Old Testament] Israel, is a theocracy.Bachmann's Unrivaled Extremism
June 15, 2011
The Massachusetts colonial government has been called a theocracy.The Land We Live In
They are the hieroglyphics of feudalism, succeeding those of theocracy.Notre-Dame de Paris
So Garotte became a sort of theocracy, with Judge Rablay as ruler.Eatin' Crow; and The Best Man In Garotte
In the Theocracy, the Hebrew nation were the hereditary nobles.The Parables of Our Lord
They had visions of a theocracy, and were impatient of an earthly king.
- government by a deity or by a priesthood
- a community or political unit under such government
Word Origin and History for theocracy
1620s, "sacerdotal government under divine inspiration" (as that of Israel before the rise of kings), from Greek theokratia "the rule of God" (Josephus), from theos "god" (see Thea) + kratos "a rule, regime, strength" (see -cracy). Meaning "priestly or religious body wielding political and civil power" is recorded from 1825.