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[struh-tok-ruh-see] /strəˈtɒk rə si/
noun, plural stratocracies.
government by the military.
Origin of stratocracy
1645-55; < Greek strató(s) army + -cracy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There were then, in fact, two great forces in the government acting in and by each other—the stratocracy, and the Autocracy.

    The Caesars Thomas de Quincey
  • It is in the perfection of the stratocracy that we must look for the key to the excesses of the autocrat.

    The Caesars Thomas de Quincey
British Dictionary definitions for stratocracy


noun (pl) -cies
military rule
Derived Forms
stratocrat (ˈstrætəˌkræt) noun
stratocratic (ˌstrætəˈkrætɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Greek stratos an army + -cracy
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Word Origin and History for stratocracy

"government by the army," 1650s, from Greek stratos "army" (see strategy) + -kratia "rule of," from kratos "strength, power, rule" (see -cracy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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