|—n , pl -cies|
|1.||the rule or control of society by the wealthy|
|2.||a state or government characterized by the rule of the wealthy|
|3.||a class that exercises power by virtue of its wealth|
|[C17: from Greek ploutokratia government by the rich, from ploutos wealth + -kratia rule, power]|
Government by the rich. The term is usually one of reproach.