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plutocracy

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noun plu·toc·ra·cy \plü-ˈtä-krə-sē\

Simple Definition of plutocracy

  • : government by the richest people

  • : a country that is ruled by the richest people

  • : a group of very rich people who have a lot of power

Full Definition of plutocracy

plural plu·toc·ra·cies

  1. 1 :  government by the wealthy

  2. 2 :  a controlling class of the wealthy

plu·to·crat play \ˈplü-tə-ˌkrat\ noun
plu·to·crat·ic play \ˌplü-tə-ˈkra-tik\ adjective
plu·to·crat·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of plutocracy

  1. If only the wealthy can afford to run for public office, are we more a plutocracy than a democracy?

  2. corporate greed and America's growing plutocracy



Origin of plutocracy

Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; akin to Greek plein to sail, float — more at flow


First Known Use: 1652


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