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noun, plural thal·as·soc·ra·cies.
  1. dominion over the seas, as in exploration, trade, or colonization.
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Origin of thalassocracy

First recorded in 1840–50; thalasso- + -cracy
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Examples from the Web for thalassocracy

Historical Examples

  • Nor need the tradition of Minos' thalassocracy be regarded as altogether incredible.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

British Dictionary definitions for thalassocracy



  1. the government of a nation having dominion over large expanses of the seas
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Word Origin

C19: from Attic Greek thalassocratia, from thalassa sea + -cracy
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