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oligarchic

or oligarchical

[ol-i-gahr-kik] /ˌɒl ɪˈgɑr kɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or having the form of an oligarchy.
Origin of oligarchic
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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  • It is not difficult to detect in the oligarchical Church polity of the fourth and fifth centuries a yearning for unity.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • Does not the timocratical man change into the oligarchical on this wise?

    The Republic Plato
  • The oligarchy hated them, and Theramenes had been an oligarchical conspirator before, and was about to be again.

    Callias Alfred John Church
  • The oligarchical revolution had been carried on with the most outrageous violence.

    Callias Alfred John Church
  • The Senate decreed that Macedonia should be divided into four districts, each under the jurisdiction of an oligarchical council.

    A Smaller History of Rome William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
  • Where the Guilds did not die they shrank up as a rule into capitalistic and oligarchical associations.

  • It is not a democratic Government, nor an autocratic Government, nor even an oligarchical Government.

    Liberalism and the Social Problem Winston Spencer Churchill
  • He was fast becoming one of the oligarchical few who are recognized by far more people than they recognize.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • Well, I said, and in oligarchical States do you not find paupers?

    The Republic Plato
Word Origin and History for oligarchical

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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