oligarchic

[ol-i-gahr-kik]
adjective
of, pertaining to, or having the form of an oligarchy.
Also, oligarchical.


Origin:
1640–50; < Greek oligarchikós, equivalent to oligarch(ía) oligarchy + -ikos -ic

oligarchically, adverb
nonoligarchic, adjective
nonoligarchical, adjective
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oligarchy (ˈɒlɪˌɡɑːkɪ)
 
n , pl -chies
1.  government by a small group of people
2.  a state or organization so governed
3.  a small body of individuals ruling such a state
4.  chiefly (US) a small clique of private citizens who exert a strong influence on government
 
[C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek oligarkhia, from olígos few + -archy]
 
oli'garchic
 
adj
 
oli'garchical
 
adj
 
oli'garchically
 
adv

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oligarchic
1640s, from Gk. oligarkhikos, from oligarkhos, related to oligarkhia (see oligarchy).
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Example sentences
Beans had an oligarchical character on account of their use in voting.
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