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
The critical difference between the Turkish and American presidents, however, is that Mr Erdogan has succeeded in taking his country a long way down the road to autocracy.
Also popular in neighboring Iran, the book affirms a phenomenon that is essential to create a free society: The desire to think for oneself is the first step in removing any mental shackles imposed by an autocracy.
For decades, these regimes paraded around halfhearted political reforms whose democratic rhetoric obscured the fundamental reality of royal autocracy.
Both China and North Korea dream of a world where autocracies can bully their neighbors while the international community turns a blind eye to domestic oppression.
Autocracy and patriarchy often go hand in hand; the countries with the highest levels of political freedom in general tend to prioritize women's healthcare, education, and other basic rights.
After controlling for population, income, urbanization, and other factors, the researchers found that a harsh autocracy builds 1.6 more skyscrapers per year, on average, than a high-quality democracy.
Russia’s transformation from an autocracy to a republic also had the potential to increase popular support in the United States for joining the First World War on the side of the allied powers.
The purpose was not to avoid friction, but, by means of the inevitable friction incident to the distribution of powers among three departments, to save the people from autocracy.
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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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