a combining form meaning “ruler,” “member of a ruling body,” “advocate of a particular form of rule,” used in the formation of compound words: autocrat; technocrat.
Compare -cracy.

< Greek -kratēs as in autokratḗs autocrat; replacing -crate < French < Greek, as above

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n combining form
See also -cracy indicating a person who takes part in or is a member of a form of government or class: democrat; technocrat
[from Greek -kratēs, from -kratia-cracy]
adj combining form
adj combining form

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