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

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Another aim is to mobilize Russia's oligarchic capitalists to build public infrastructure, saddling them with Kremlin oversight. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "As World Cup kicks off, Russia aims to prove a world-class host again," 13 June 2018 At the federal level, Republicans have been able to honor their fiduciary duty to their oligarchic donors without imposing austerity on their constituents. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Teachers’ Strikes Have Exposed the GOP’s Achilles Heel," 5 Apr. 2018 The Quail is an exercise in elite excess for the oligarchic and overrestored—cars and humans alike. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "Our Entirely Subjective Guide to the Most Important Good-Weather Automotive Events of the Year," 2 Mar. 2018 As the party politicians have stated many times in public, Poland gained complete sovereignty only when PiS took power — and is only now shaking off the authoritarian or oligarchic grip of the previous regimes. Mateusz Mazzini, Washington Post, "Poland’s right-wing government is rewriting history — with itself as hero," 27 Feb. 2018 The organizations emerged, in part, because activists were frustrated with the traditional center-left parties’ oligarchic tendencies. Jennifer Pribble, Washington Post, "Chile just elected a billionaire president. These are the 4 things you need to know.," 18 Dec. 2017 The transition to capitalism bankrupted millions and produced a handful of billionaires—a new oligarchic class, built on the back of the old power structure. Jessica Loudis, New Republic, "The Art of Escaping Censorship," 13 Dec. 2017 The finance minister, mocked by the opposition as a consigliere for oligarchic power, applauded the leader for pushing through economic reforms that mostly line the pockets of the oligarchs. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The story of America in 2017, if it happened somewhere else," 22 Dec. 2017 Because of this oligarchic pact between big industry and the political elites. Nicholas Zimmerman, Daily Intelligencer, "How Brazil Went From Neoliberal Success Story to Total Political Chaos in 10 Years," 19 Dec. 2017

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1586, in the meaning defined above

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