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plutocracy

[ploo-tok-ruh-see] /pluˈtɒk rə si/
noun, plural plutocracies.
1.
the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy.
2.
a government or state in which the wealthy class rules.
3.
a class or group ruling, or exercising power or influence, by virtue of its wealth.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Greek ploutokratía, equivalent to ploûto(s) wealth + -kratia -cracy
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Examples from the web for plutocracy
  • We are probably destined to become a well regulated plutocracy.
  • That, in a nutshell, is what the plutocracy is all about: taking unfair advantage.
  • We effectively live in a plutocracy that only answers to avarice and to the benefit of our oligarchs.
  • The real fear of the politicians and the plutocracy is not that any one conspiracy proves true.
  • It has pierced the veil of silence that, for decades, has obscured the astounding growth of what can fairly be called plutocracy.
  • Here is a land consecrated to democracy but run by an entrenched plutocracy.
  • We now live in a plutocracy that only answers to avarice and benefits the oligarchs.
  • Political stability, plutocracy, and change will evolve with economic development.
  • Not to be confused with plutocracy, where rule is based solely on financial wealth.
British Dictionary definitions for plutocracy

plutocracy

/pluːˈtɒkrəsɪ/
noun (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
Derived Forms
plutocratic (ˌpluːtəˈkrætɪk), plutocratical, adjective
plutocratically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Greek ploutokratia government by the rich, from ploutos wealth + -kratia rule, power
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Word Origin and History for plutocracy
n.

1650s, from Greek ploutokratia "rule or power of the wealthy or of wealth," from ploutos "wealth" (see Pluto) + -kratia "rule" (see -cracy). Synonym plutarchy is slightly older (1640s). Pluto-democracy "plutocracy masquerading as democracy" is from 1895.

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plutocracy in Culture
plutocracy [(plooh-tok-ruh-see)]

Government by the rich. The term is usually one of reproach.

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