oligarch

noun
ol·​i·​garch | \ ˈä-lə-ˌgärk How to pronounce oligarch (audio) , ˈō- How to pronounce oligarch (audio) \

Definition of oligarch

: a member or supporter of an oligarchy

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Friday’s prisoner release was arranged by Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian oligarch with strong ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Washington Post, "4 Ukrainians released from separatist captivity," 29 June 2019 While the Bill of Rights protects us from the tyranny of an oppressive government, many in the establishment would like the American people to submit to the tyranny of oligarchs, multinational corporations, Wall Street banks, and billionaires. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Read: Bernie Sanders defines his vision for democratic socialism in the United States," 12 June 2019 His administration has sanctioned a number of Russian officials and oligarchs for human rights abuses and election meddling. Fox News, "Trump administration set to hit Russia with new sanctions over chemical attack against ex-spy in Britain," 9 Aug. 2018 The investigators all grilled him on his ties to various campaign officials and Russian oligarchs. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Former Trump Campaign Aide: My Russia Ties Are Not Nefarious!," 25 May 2018 Trump’s administration has sought to show toughness on Russia, with a series of economic and diplomatic actions, including new sanctions last week against government officials and oligarchs. Robert Burns And Catherine Lucey, BostonGlobe.com, "US attack on Syria could happen ‘very soon or not so soon at all!’ President Trump says," 12 Apr. 2018 Trump’s administration has sought to show toughness on Russia, with a series of economic and diplomatic actions, including new sanctions last week against government officials and oligarchs. Robert Burns And Catherine Lucey, Time, "President Trump Says Syria Attack Could Happen 'Very Soon or Not So Soon at All'," 12 Apr. 2018 The aluminum baron has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and was recently included on a US Treasury Department list of Russian government officials and 96 oligarchs with a net worth of $1 billion or more. Kocha Olarn And Ivan Watson, CNN, "Sex coach who claims to have US election dirt charged with prostitution," 5 Apr. 2018 The oligarch had the incident written off the books, and as far as the authorities were concerned, the house was empty when the fire broke out. Linda Kinstler, Longreads, "Angrily Experiencing the Best Days of Our Lives," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of oligarch

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oligarch

Greek oligarchēs, from olig- + -archēs -arch

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oligarch

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English Language Learners Definition of oligarch

somewhat formal : a person who belongs to a small group of people who govern or control a country, business, etc.

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