noun, plural slav·oc·ra·cies.
  1. the rule or domination of slaveholders: the slavocracy of the old plantations.
  2. a dominating body of slaveholders.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for slavocracy

Historical Examples of slavocracy

  • It was thus that Van Buren made his extreme concession to the slavocracy.

    Martin Van Buren

    Edward M. Shepard

  • Slavocracy is only one of the scales on the tail of the dragon of plutocracy.

  • That could be done then, for slavocracy only interfered with free speech in the South.

  • It proved to be "a stronger defiance to slavocracy than anything ever uttered in the hall of Congress."

  • It had long been an axiom with the slavocracy that the institution would perish unless it had the opportunity to expand.

British Dictionary definitions for slavocracy


noun plural -cies (esp in the US before the Civil War)
  1. slaveholders as a dominant class
  2. domination by slaveholders
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Word Origin and History for slavocracy

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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