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autocracy vs. monarchy

[ aw-tok-ruh-see ]
  1. government in which one person has uncontrolled or unlimited authority over others; the government or power of an absolute monarch.
  2. a nation, state, or community ruled by an autocrat.
  3. unlimited authority, power, or influence of one person in any group.
[ mon-er-kee ]
  1. a state or nation in which the supreme power is actually or nominally lodged in a monarch.
  2. supreme power or sovereignty held by a single person.

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