ol·​i·​gar·​chic | \ ˌä-lə-ˈgär-kik How to pronounce oligarchic (audio) , ˌō- \
variants: or oligarchical \ ˌä-​lə-​ˈgär-​ki-​kəl How to pronounce oligarchical (audio) , ˌō-​ \

Definition of oligarchic

: of, relating to, or based on an oligarchy

Examples of oligarchic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And now a case of behind-the-scenes oligarchic corruption has metastasized into full-blown democracy for sale. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "American democracy is dying," 7 Feb. 2020 In Russia’s latest oligarchic era, the Napoleon is typically a tower of thin layers of pastry, at least eight tiers high and sometimes more than 20. Margarita Gokun Silver, Saveur, "A Russian New Year’s Eve Party Isn’t Complete Without a Napoleon Cake," 31 Dec. 2019 Putin would rather deal with a pro-Western oligarchic president in Kiev who does little to improve people’s lives, Frolov said. Will Englund, Washington Post, "Russia looks for leverage as Ukraine slides deeper into impeachment probes," 6 Oct. 2019 In the nineteen-nineties, this system morphed into the oligarchic structures that took root in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and several other post-Soviet states. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Corruption of the Word “Corruption”—and So Much Else—Amid the Impeachment Hearings," 16 Nov. 2019 As Richard Schröder, a former East German dissident, notes, the application of western laws and practices saw off the threat of oligarchic corruption that has plagued many of Germany’s eastern neighbours. The Economist, "Germans still don’t agree on what reunification meant," 31 Oct. 2019 The key issue here is not just to get rid of Poroshenko, but to pass from oligarchic rule to people’s power. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why frustrated Ukrainians may elect a comedian as president," 19 Apr. 2019 Many of the young activists are driven by a sense that city’s oligarchic political system is rigged against them. Time, "'Whenever There’s Trouble He Rushes There.' Meet Legislator Roy Kwong, the God of Hong Kong Protests," 20 July 2019 That unique capacity is today endangered by grotesque levels of oligarchic power and domestic inequality, as well as formidable challenges from economic powers such as China that the capitalist West had once dominated and exploited. Pankaj Mishra, Twin Cities, "Pankaj Mishra: Putin’s wrong, but so are liberals," 11 July 2019

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1586, in the meaning defined above

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“Oligarchic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligarchic. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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