- the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy.
- a government or state in which the wealthy class rules.
- a class or group ruling, or exercising power or influence, by virtue of its wealth.
Origin of plutocracy
1645–55; < Greek ploutokratía, equivalent to ploûto(s) wealth + -kratia -cracy
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Examples from the Web for plutocracy
In the large cities the urbanized working class were slaves to a plutocracy.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
The apologists for plutocracy are content this week to use anti-racism as their debating tool.You Can't Wish Away the Facts About Immigration Amnesty
May 9, 2013
(p. 76) In the realm of politics, however, plutocracy can buy itself more substantial rewards.
"Plutocracy," let's not forget, is a description of a mode of government, not a mode of consumption or production.
The plutocracy, by contrast, still lives in the Mad Men era, and family life becomes more patriarchal the richer you get.Why Are There So Few Female Plutocrats?
October 16, 2012
They will often learn by experience that the democracy has become a plutocracy.Statesman
Because the danger of plutocracy forced itself on the people.Ethics in Service
William Howard Taft
By the mere health of his soul he could smell out the evil of a plutocracy.A History of the United States
American plutocracy has never got itself respected like English aristocracy.What I Saw in America
G. K. Chesterton
The plutocracy has unified its hold upon the country as a result of the war.The American Empire
- the rule or control of society by the wealthy
- a state or government characterized by the rule of the wealthy
- a class that exercises power by virtue of its wealth
C17: from Greek ploutokratia government by the rich, from ploutos wealth + -kratia rule, power
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Word Origin and History for plutocracy
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Government by the rich. The term is usually one of reproach.
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