noun, plural stra·toc·ra·cies.

government by the military.

Origin of stratocracy

1645–55; < Greek strató(s) army + -cracy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stratocracy

Historical Examples of stratocracy

  • It is in the perfection of the stratocracy that we must look for the key to the excesses of the autocrat.

    The Caesars

    Thomas de Quincey

  • There were then, in fact, two great forces in the government acting in and by each other—the Stratocracy, and the Autocracy.

    The Caesars

    Thomas de Quincey

British Dictionary definitions for stratocracy


noun plural -cies

military rule
Derived Formsstratocrat (ˈstrætəˌkræt), nounstratocratic (ˌstrætəˈkrætɪk), adjective

Word Origin for stratocracy

C17: from Greek stratos an army + -cracy
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Word Origin and History for stratocracy

"government by the army," 1650s, from Greek stratos "army" (see strategy) + -kratia "rule of," from kratos "strength, power, rule" (see -cracy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper