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 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, "Need to complain? Here’s how Renaissance-era Venetians did it," 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, "Democrats Promise to Be Sore (and Violent) Losers," 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, "What I Learned From the Worst Novelist in the English Language," 6 Aug. 2020 The majority of those in the Third World who embraced communism saw it, more than anything, as a means of easing the poverty and inequality wrought by oligarchic capitalism. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "Where America Developed a Taste for State Violence," 5 June 2020 This was a year before the decade-long, staggeringly bloody Mexican Revolution, which had begun with an attempt to overthrow the dictatorial and oligarchic President Porfirio Díaz, finally culminated in the election of Álvaro Obregón. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Lasting Influence of Mexico’s Great Muralists," 24 Feb. 2020 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

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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 5 Mar. 2021.

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