[ eth-nok-ruh-see ]

  1. government controlled by the dominant ethnic group, or by two or more distinct ethnic groups, each representing only its own interests:Some believe the country's ethnocracy is responsible for the atmosphere of discontent and division.

  2. a nation, state, or community in which political power is distributed according to ethnic or racial affiliation: The country would remain an ethnocracy until a fully democratic system was instituted.

Origin of ethnocracy

First recorded in 1905–10; ethno- + -cracy

Words Nearby ethnocracy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024