noun, plural plu·toc·ra·cies.
Origin of plutocracy
Examples from the Web for plutocracy
In the large cities the urbanized working class were slaves to a plutocracy.
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|David Frum|May 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
(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.
Well, sir, it matters little which of us is to witness the extinction of this Plutocracy.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)|Charles James Lever
Hence, no pauperism to be compared with that of England; no plutocracy such as we have in America.
The war gains of the plutocracy in the field of public control were important, as well as spectacular.The American Empire|Scott Nearing
Are we tending to a Plutocracy, or can a real Democracy hold its own?Humanly Speaking|Samuel McChord Crothers
If Douglas had the slavocracy back of him and catered to it, he did not have plutocracy back of him.Children of the Market Place|Edgar Lee Masters
British Dictionary definitions for plutocracy
noun plural -cies
Word Origin for plutocracy
Word Origin and History for plutocracy
1650s, from Greek ploutokratia "rule or power of the wealthy or of wealth," from ploutos "wealth" (see Pluto) + -kratia "rule" (see -cracy). Synonym plutarchy is slightly older (1640s). Pluto-democracy "plutocracy masquerading as democracy" is from 1895.
Culture definitions for plutocracy
Government by the rich. The term is usually one of reproach.