mo·​noc·​ra·​cy | \ mä-ˈnä-krə-sē How to pronounce monocracy (audio) , mə- \

Definition of monocracy

: government by a single person

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Other Words from monocracy

monocrat \ ˈmä-​nə-​ˌkrat How to pronounce monocracy (audio) \ noun
monocratic \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈkra-​tik How to pronounce monocracy (audio) \ adjective

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In society's search for the best kind of government, the suffix -cracy (which means "form of government" and traces to the Greek kratos, meaning "strength" or "power") has worn many hats. "Monocracy" pairs "-cracy" with a descendant of monos, meaning "alone" or "single." The suffix also underlies other governmental terms including "democracy" ("government by the people"), "aristocracy" ("government by a small privileged class"), "theocracy" ("government by divine guidance"), "ochlocracy" ("government by the mob"), and "gerontocracy" ("rule by elders").

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1606, in the meaning defined above

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“Monocracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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