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[ol-i-gahrk] /ˈɒl ɪˌgɑrk/
one of the rulers in an oligarchy.
1600-10; < Greek oligárchēs, equivalent to olíg(os) olig- + -archēs -arch Unabridged
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  • Only what is convenient to the agenda or vested interest of the oligarchs is funded.
  • The economy was controlled by oligarchs and criminal organizations.
  • The oligarchs get carried away and build an empire on mountains of debt.
  • They focused attention a society run by a few rich oligarchs.
  • The major oil companies were controlled by politically well-connected businessmen, dubbed oligarchs.
  • In some cases, oligarchs' control of media outlets was disguised through offshore holdings and other murky ownership arrangements.
  • Communist apparatchiks-turned-oligarchs grabbed chunks of the economy.
  • True, oligarchs rule the roost in both countries, with politicians as their puppets.
  • Then, the cash-strapped government gave shares in natural-resource companies to a group of oligarchs in return for loans.
  • And then it swept out again, stranding everyone from investment-grade companies to emerging-market oligarchs.
British Dictionary definitions for oligarchs


a member of an oligarchy
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Word Origin and History for oligarchs



c.1600, from Middle French olygarche, oligarque, from Greek oligarkhes, related to oligarkhia (see oligarchy).

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