slavocracy

[ sley-vok-ruh-see ]
/ sleɪˈvɒk rə si /
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noun, plural slav·oc·ra·cies.

the rule or domination of slaveholders: the slavocracy of the old plantations.
a dominating body of slaveholders.

Nearby words

  1. slavishly,
  2. slavism,
  3. slavist,
  4. slavkov,
  5. slavo-,
  6. slavocrat,
  7. slavocratic,
  8. slavonia,
  9. slavonian,
  10. slavonic

Origin of slavocracy

First recorded in 1830–40; slave + -o- + -cracy

Related formsslav·o·crat [sley-vuh-krat] /ˈsleɪ vəˌkræt/, nounslav·o·crat·ic [sley-vuh-krat-ik] /ˌsleɪ vəˈkræt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for slavocracy

slavocracy

/ (sleɪˈvɒkrəsɪ) /

noun plural -cies (esp in the US before the Civil War)

slaveholders as a dominant class
domination by slaveholders
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Word Origin and History for slavocracy

slavocracy

n.

also slaveocracy, in U.S. history, "the political dominance of slave-owners," 1840, formed irregularly from slave (n.) + -cracy. Related: Slavocrat.

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