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-crat

  1. a combining form meaning “ruler,” “member of a ruling body,” “advocate of a particular form of rule,” used in the formation of compound words: autocrat; technocrat.
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Origin of -crat

< Greek -kratēs as in autokratḗs autocrat; replacing -crate < French < Greek, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for -crat

-crat

n combining form
  1. indicating a person who takes part in or is a member of a form of government or classdemocrat; technocrat See also -cracy
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Derived Forms-cratic or -cratical, adj combining form

Word Origin

from Greek -kratēs, from -kratia -cracy
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