noun \plü-ˈtä-krə-sē\

: 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

plural plu·toc·ra·cies

Full Definition of PLUTOCRACY

:  government by the wealthy
:  a controlling class of the wealthy
plu·to·crat \ˈplü-tə-ˌkrat\ noun
plu·to·crat·ic \ˌplü-tə-ˈkra-tik\ adjective
plu·to·crat·i·cal·ly \-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


Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; akin to Greek plein to sail, float — more at flow
First Known Use: 1652

Other Government and Politics Terms

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


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