oligarchic

or ol·i·gar·chi·cal

[ol-i-gahr-kik or ol-i-gahr-ki-kuh l]

Origin of oligarchic

1640–50; < Greek oligarchikós, equivalent to oligarch(ía) oligarchy + -ikos -ic
Related formsol·i·gar·chi·cal·ly, adverbnon·ol·i·gar·chic, adjectivenon·ol·i·gar·chi·cal, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of oligarchical

Historical Examples of oligarchical

  • Does not the timocratical man change into the oligarchical on this wise?

  • Well, I said, and in oligarchical States do you not find paupers?

  • And that is our reason for establishing an oligarchical constitution with their concurrence.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • The oligarchical revolution had been carried on with the most outrageous violence.

    Callias

    Alfred John Church

  • These are the deceitful contrivances of oligarchical legislators.

    Politics

    Aristotle


Word Origin and History for oligarchical

oligarchic

adj.

1640s, from Greek oligarkhikos, from oligarkhos, related to oligarkhia (see oligarchy). Related: Oligarchical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper