noun, plural the·oc·ra·cies.
Origin of theocracy
Examples from the Web for theocracy
He challenged the very core of the Iranian theocracy and demanded respect for basic human rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Salafis, who believe in a Muslim theocracy, say the Egyptian government must interpret Shariah and enforce it upon the nation.
They shudder from the mere thought that Rabbi Amar's admonition may come about and Israel will turn into a theocracy.
Nor, for that matter, is the Iranian theocracy, Hamas, or Hizbullah.
In that sense America, like [Old Testament] Israel, is a theocracy.
The government was a kind of irregular aristocratic republic, not without a touch of theocracy.
Society will again become a theocracy, else pay the penalty in anarchy.Egoists|James Huneker
What evidence is there that ancient Egypt was ever a theocracy, in the proper sense of the word?A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)|Georges Perrot
But the Theocracy was only a preparatory, and therefore a temporary form of God's visible earthly kingdom.Companion to the Bible|E. P. Barrows
It is a form of theocracy, in which there can be no pontiff save the prince, and no priests save the magistrates.The Social Contract & Discourses|Jean-Jacques Rousseau
noun plural -cies
1620s, "sacerdotal government under divine inspiration" (as that of Israel before the rise of kings), from Greek theokratia "the rule of God" (Josephus), from theos "god" (see Thea) + kratos "a rule, regime, strength" (see -cracy). Meaning "priestly or religious body wielding political and civil power" is recorded from 1825.
A nation or state in which the clergy exercise political power and in which religious law is dominant over civil law. Iran led by the Ayatollah Khomeini was a theocracy under the Islamic clergy. (See Islam.)