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or oligarchical

[ol-i-gahr-kik] /ˌɒl ɪˈgɑr kɪk/
of, relating to, or having the form of an oligarchy.
Origin of oligarchic
1640-50; < Greek oligarchikós, equivalent to oligarch(ía) oligarchy + -ikos -ic
Related forms
oligarchically, adverb
nonoligarchic, adjective
nonoligarchical, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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