Examples of plutocracy in a Sentence
If only the wealthy can afford to run for public office, are we more a plutocracy than a democracy?
corporate greed and America's growing plutocracy
Recent Examples of plutocracy from the Web
Disturbed by vanishing jobs, rising plutocracies, melting polar ice caps, not to mention numerous other serious threats to a good night's sleep and a reasonable life for future generations?
Thanks, Poppy!—in the late 1970s, the Republican Party has staked its political future on magic asterisks, scientific illiteracy, and on camouflaging plutocracy in overalls and a CAT hat.
But the MID isn’t just a symbol of housing policy falling prey to plutocracy.
Some of these cities are becoming hubs of the global plutocracy.
But in this case the opacity is obscuring the rise of a new American plutocracy.
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Ploutos was Greek for "wealth", and Plouton, or Pluto, was one of the names used for the Greek god of the underworld, where all the earth's mineral wealth was stored. So a plutocracy governs or wields power through its money. The economic growth in the U.S. in the late 19th century produced a group of enormously wealthy plutocrats. Huge companies like John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil gained serious political power, and Rockefeller was able to influence lawmakers in states where his businesses operated. For this reason, it was said in 1905 that Ohio and New Jersey were plutocracies, not democracies.
PLUTOCRACY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plutocracy for English Language Learners
: government by the richest people
: a country that is ruled by the richest people
: a group of very rich people who have a lot of power
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