subgovernment

noun sub·gov·ern·ment \ ˌsəb-ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt , -və-mənt ; -ˈgə-bᵊm-ənt , -vᵊm- \
variants: or sub-government

Definition of subgovernment

plural subgovernments or sub-governments
: a secondary or subordinate government : an informal or unofficial association of persons or institutions that exercises considerable influence on a formal government or organization
  • It was an opportunity to enter the elite world of intellectuals and military men who form a subgovernment within the executive branch.
  • —Neil Sheehan
  • … a peek into the secret subgovernment of the Cold War.
  • —Richard Reeves

First Known Use of subgovernment

1841

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