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oligarchic

[ol-i-gahr-kik] /ˌɒl ɪˈgɑr kɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or having the form of an oligarchy.
Also, oligarchical.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Greek oligarchikós, equivalent to oligarch(ía) oligarchy + -ikos -ic
Related forms
oligarchically, adverb
nonoligarchic, adjective
nonoligarchical, adjective
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Examples for oligarchic
  • Rather, it functions by balancing several oligarchic groups within the system.
  • Besides, autocratic kleptocracy and oligarchic kleptocracy are both kleptocracies.
  • So by definition, the oligarchic elements of this system are not a threat to the system as a whole.
  • The dysfunctional system maintains oligarchic clan control.
  • Of note are the many oligarchic, closely-held businesses with familial ties to government officials.
  • In addition to cost, it means having to confront the oligarchic landowner in an arena that is alien and unknown.
Word Origin and History for oligarchic
adj.

1640s, from Greek oligarkhikos, from oligarkhos, related to oligarkhia (see oligarchy). Related: Oligarchical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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