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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 autokratḗsautocrat; replacing -crate<French <Greek, as above
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What does -crat mean?

The combining formcrat is used like a suffix meaning variously “ruler,” “member of a ruling body,” or “advocate (supporter) of a form of rule.” It is occasionally used in technical terms, especially in sociology.

The form –crat ultimately comes from Greek krátos, meaning “rule” and “strength.”

What are variants of –crat?

While –crat doesn’t have any variants, it is related to the form cracy, as in plutocracy. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article for –cracy.

Examples of -crat

An example of a familiar word that features –crat is democrat, “an advocate of democracy.” Democrat comes from French démocrate, which uses the equivalent form of –crat.

The demo part of the word means “people,” from Greek dêmos. The form –crat means, among other things, “advocate of a form of rule.” Democrat literally means “advocate for government by the people.”

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What are some other forms that –crat may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form klepto means “thief.” With this in mind, what kind of person is known as a kleptocrat?

How to use -crat in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for -crat


n combining form
indicating a person who takes part in or is a member of a form of government or classdemocrat; technocrat See also -cracy

Derived forms of -crat

-cratic or -cratical, adj combining form

Word Origin for -crat

from Greek -kratēs, from -kratia -cracy
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