Definition of oligarchy
- The corporation is ruled by oligarchy.
- a military oligarchy was established in the country
- An oligarchy ruled the nation.
- That country is an oligarchy.
Their nation is an oligarchy.
An oligarchy rules their nation.
The corporation is ruled by oligarchy.
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Oligarchy is one of numerous English words for a type of rule or government. Some of these words, such as plutocracy, have an exceedingly similar meaning (both may be used to refer to rule by an economic elite, but oligarchy often has the additional connotation of corruption). Besides these two, we have meritocracy “a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement,” monarchy “a form of government in which a country is ruled by a king or queen,” ochlocracy “government by the mob," and gerontocracy “rule by elders,” among many others.
: a country, business, etc., that is controlled by a small group of people
: the people that control a country, business, etc.
: government or control by a small group of people
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