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 oligarchic (audio) , ˌō-​ \

Definition of oligarchic

: of, relating to, or based on an oligarchy

Examples of oligarchic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the collapsing currency, the tottering economy, the oligarchic corruption, plus the Peker videos depicting a dark and scary kleptocracy have likely put paid to Erdogan (as many native commentators argue). Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 8 June 2021 In stocks, that’s a nearly oligarchic business where the likes of Citadel Securities and Virtu Financial operate at lightning speed. Justina Lee, Bloomberg.com, 10 May 2021 The best antidote to oligarchic control of our economy is to increase competition by encouraging international investment. Davyd Arakhamia, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 By helping to sequester trillions of dollars into complex trusts and offshore tax havens, the wealth defense industry fortifies oligarchic concentrations of dynastic wealth and leads to an erosion in economic opportunity and social mobility. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2021 The Sanders estate tax on multimillionaires and billionaires is the fairest way to reduce extreme wealth inequality, protect democracy from oligarchic wealth and make investments that revitalize the US middle class. Chuck Collins For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 31 Mar. 2021 This spoke to the system of government in place at the time, an oligarchic republic led by the doge and known locally as La Serenissima (Most Serene Republic of Venice). Kasia Dietz, Travel, 4 Jan. 2021 Perhaps because conservatives then, as now, knew on which side of the divide the institutional and oligarchic power landed. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 17 Sep. 2020 Because blistering attacks on the Bush administration aside, what The Great American Parade is really about is the hopefulness of a younger generation, about a small band of committed citizens taking action against an oligarchic government. Barrett Swanson, The New Republic, 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of oligarchic

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 3 Aug. 2021.

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