autocracy

[ aw-tok-ruh-see ]
/ ɔˈtɒk rə si /

noun, plural au·toc·ra·cies.

government in which one person has uncontrolled or unlimited authority over others; the government or power of an absolute monarch.
a nation, state, or community ruled by an autocrat.
unlimited authority, power, or influence of one person in any group.

Origin of autocracy

1645–55; < Greek autokráteia power over oneself, sole power, equivalent to autokrat(ḗs) autocrat + -eia -ia; see -cracy
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British Dictionary definitions for autocracy

autocracy

/ (ɔːˈtɒkrəsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

government by an individual with unrestricted authority
the unrestricted authority of such an individual
a country, society, etc, ruled by an autocrat

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Culture definitions for autocracy

autocracy

[ (aw-tok-ruh-see) ]

A system of government in which supreme political power is held by one person. (Compare constitutional monarchy, democracy, and oligarchy.)


Note

Iraq under Saddam Hussein is an autocracy.
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