squat·​toc·​ra·​cy | \ skwätˈäkrəsē \
plural -es

Definition of squattocracy

: the wealthy and influential owners of sheep ranches in Australia were dependent upon the emerging squattocracy and the more highly paid government officials— Bernard Smith

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squat entry 1 + -o- + -cracy

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“Squattocracy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squattocracy. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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