noun, plural the·oc·ra·cies.
Origin of theocracy
Examples from the Web for theocratical
The Jewish republic, reduced to slavery so often, was anarchical rather than theocratical.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Education in this theocratical system is on one side patriarchal.Pedagogics as a System|Karl Rosenkranz
The basis for this theocratical grip on the people is Shintoism.The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie
There were the Conservatives,—they represented the church, tradition, ecclesiastical or theocratical authority.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)|Theodore Parker
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.)