autocracy

noun au·toc·ra·cy \ ȯ-ˈtä-krə-sē \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of autocracy

plural autocracies
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

  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

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Origin and Etymology of autocracy


AUTOCRACY Defined for English Language Learners

autocracy

noun

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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