Definition of autocracy
1 : the authority or rule of an autocrat
2 : government in which one person possesses unlimited power
3 : a community or state governed by autocracy
Examples of autocracy in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of autocracy from the Web
Commentators, comparing these activists to the US peace protesters of 1968, praised the effort as a democratic dawn for an area that had long been populated by autocracies.
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AUTOCRACY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of autocracy for English Language Learners
: 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
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