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autocracy vs. oligarchy

[ 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.
[ ol-i-gahr-kee ]
  1. a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.
  2. a state or organization so ruled.
  3. the persons or class so ruling.

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