- a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God's or deity's laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.
- a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission.
- a commonwealth or state under such a form or system of government.
Origin of theocracy
Examples from the Web for theocratic
There is a deep divide in the theocratic establishment between Khamenei and former President Hashemi Rafsanjani.Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Eyes U.S. Shutdown, Expresses Doubt Over Nuclear Negotiations
October 6, 2013
In a theocratic state governed by force and fear, I guess this counts as progress.What Hassan Rouhani Really Said About the Holocaust
September 26, 2013
True, most Israelis (and, indeed, most Jews) do not think of Israel as a theocratic democracy—but take a closer look.
Nachman ben Yehuda, in his recently published Theocratic Democracy, makes a compelling case.
In the wake of the Arab spring, theocratic democracies are in the very early stages of construction in Tunisia and Egypt.
Announce the sublime and solacing doctrine of theocratic equality.Tancred
This isolation marked him with a kind of theocratic distinction.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)
Its theories of society are theocratic and do not meet the actual facts and problems.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
Religious representations are much rarer than in theocratic Egypt.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
There are but two ways in which this theocratic despotism can be met and overthrown.The Mormon Prophet and His Harem
- government by a deity or by a priesthood
- a community or political unit under such government
Word Origin and History for theocratic
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.