noun, plural au·toc·ra·cies.
Examples from the Web for autocracy
The nature of the autocracy—that it was only answerable to itself—meant it could not draw its power from the people.
Ortega has dismissed the allegations of autocracy and fraud that have afflicted his presidency as politically motivated.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Autocracy is just a Russian bad habit, like smoking three packs of cigarettes a day and drinking a liter of vodka.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself|P. J. O’Rourke|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a strange world, or seems so in retrospect, built as it was of equal parts meritocracy and autocracy.Peter Matthiessen Was One of the Greatest Writers of a Great Generation|Malcolm Jones|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are elements of autocracy, monarchy and military in the organizational structure and culture of Chassidic movements.
This is quite as true in a democracy as it is in an autocracy.Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park
Under the banner of Social Democracy a tyranny has been established as infamous as anything in the annals of autocracy.Bolshevism|John Spargo
And there was autocracy again, and again the vicious circle.A Poor Wise Man|Mary Roberts Rinehart
While revengeful if imposed upon, and bitter under the autocracy of cruelty, he has a great respect for firmness.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia|Paul T. Gilbert
The end of a great war, however, has one inevitable result, that it leaves a military 73 autocracy in supreme control of affairs.Armageddon--And After|W. L. Courtney
British Dictionary definitions for autocracy
noun plural -cies
Word Origin and History for autocracy
1650s, "independent power, self-sustained power," from French autocratie, from Greek autokrateia "ruling by oneself," noun of state from autokrates (see autocrat). Meaning "absolute government, supreme political power" is recorded from 1855.