- 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
Related Wordspastoral, ministerial, monastic, ecclesiastical, rabbinical, canonical, ecclesiastic, holy, papal, pontifical, sacerdotal, sacred, churchly, cleric, apostolic, episcopal, monkish, parsonical, priestly, theocratical
Examples from the Web for theocratical
The basis for this theocratical grip on the people is Shintoism.The Pacific Triangle
Education in this theocratical system is on one side patriarchal.Pedagogics as a System
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)
There were the Conservatives,—they represented the church, tradition, ecclesiastical or theocratical authority.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)
- government by a deity or by a priesthood
- a community or political unit under such government
Word Origin and History for theocratical
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.