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anocracy

[ uh-nok-ruh-see ]

noun

, plural a·noc·ra·cies
  1. government that is a hybrid of democracy and autocracy, often as a transitional phase when one of these forms of government takes on characteristics of the other:

    Political scientists noted significant democratic reforms in the traditionally authoritarian regime’s evolution to anocracy.

  2. a nation or state having such a form of government:

    Freedom of the press is one of the first pillars of democracy threatened in an anocracy’s slide toward totalitarianism.



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Other Words From

  • an·o·crat·ic [an-, uh, -, krat, -ik], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of anocracy1

First recorded in 1970–75; an- 1( def ) + -o- ( def ) + -cracy ( def )

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