noun au·toc·ra·cy \-ˈtä-krə-sē\

: a form of government in which a country is ruled by a person or group with total power

: a country that is ruled by a person or group with total power

plural au·toc·ra·cies

Full Definition of AUTOCRACY

:  the authority or rule of an autocrat
:  government in which one person possesses unlimited power
:  a community or state governed by autocracy

Examples of AUTOCRACY

  1. <the Magna Carta is historically important because it signified the British rejection of autocracy and constituted the first formal restraining of the power of the monarch>

First Known Use of AUTOCRACY


Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism


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