au·​toc·​ra·​cy | \ ȯ-ˈtä-krə-sē How to pronounce autocracy (audio) \
plural autocracies

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 on the Web Reid attacked his speech for including jokes and further accused Alito of pushing religious autocracy. Lindsay Kornick, Fox News, 4 Aug. 2022 As other countries in the region slipped back into autocracy or war, Tunisia wrote a new constitution and secured certain freedoms that left activists elsewhere envious. Mohamed Bliwa, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 Kelly Burton, president of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which has backed many of those suits, said the battle was more about stopping a creeping autocracy than about changing political boundaries. New York Times, 6 July 2022 From the beginning, Donald Trump’s presidency leaned toward autocracy with a constantly revolving Cabinet and staff chosen primarily for their loyalty to him. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2022 Biden constantly argues that the world is at an inflection point between democracy and autocracy, and his trip to Saudi Arabia shows that democracies may feel forced to kowtow to autocratic nations when economic and security interests are at stake. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 12 July 2022 So, too, the overarching conflict between democracy and autocracy that U.S. President Joe Biden has made a cornerstone of his foreign policy. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 June 2022 But in the North, there is a deadly coronavirus outbreak in a largely unvaccinated autocracy that can best command the world's attention by flexing its nuclear capabilities. Fox News, 21 May 2022 For us, the fascism and the flirtation with autocracy comes from insideour borders, strengthened by international alliances with dictators like Vladimir Putin. Harper Simon, SPIN, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of autocracy

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for autocracy

see autocrat

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10 Aug 2022

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“Autocracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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