theocracy

noun
the·​oc·​ra·​cy | \ thē-ˈä-krə-sē How to pronounce theocracy (audio) \
plural theocracies

Definition of theocracy

1 : government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided
2 : a state governed by a theocracy

Examples of theocracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Afkari's case had drawn the attention of a social media campaign that portrayed him and his brothers as victims targeted over participating in protests against Iran’s Shiite theocracy in 2018. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard: 'Strike teams' sent to patrol oil-rich province," 17 Sep. 2020 Afkari's case had drawn the attention of a social media campaign that portrayed him and his brothers as victims targeted over participating in protests against Iran's Shiite theocracy in 2018. CBS News, "Iran executes wrestler whose case drew Trump's attention," 12 Sep. 2020 Afkari's case had drawn the attention of a social media campaign that portrayed him and his brothers as victims targeted over participating in protests against Iran’s Shiite theocracy in 2018. Bloomberg.com, "Iran Executes Man Whose Case Drew International Attention," 12 Sep. 2020 Turkey is often engaged with Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the Iranian theocracy in Middle Eastern intrigue. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Greek–Turkish Rivalry Is Again Near the Boiling Point," 10 Sep. 2020 His decision, in 2018, to abandon the nuclear deal, brokered by the world’s six major powers and endorsed unanimously by the U.N. Security Council, has not brought the theocracy back to the negotiating table. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "A Vacuous Pompeo Speech for an Empty Trump Foreign Policy," 26 Aug. 2020 Iran suffered the region's first major outbreak, seeing top politicians, health officials and religious leaders in its Shiite theocracy stricken with the virus. Nasser Karimi, Star Tribune, "Iran surpasses 20,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus," 19 Aug. 2020 Iran suffered the region’s first major outbreak, seeing top politicians, health officials, and religious leaders in its Shiite theocracy stricken with the virus. BostonGlobe.com, "Venezuela deploys security forces in coronavirus crackdown," 19 Aug. 2020 Religious considerations also played a role in this Shiite theocracy as authorities declined for weeks to close shrines where the faithful touch or kiss the tombs’ protective bars. Washington Post, "Iran mandates masks as public shrugs off resurgent virus," 5 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'theocracy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of theocracy

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for theocracy

Greek theokratia, from the- + -kratia -cracy

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about theocracy

Time Traveler for theocracy

Time Traveler

The first known use of theocracy was in 1622

See more words from the same year

Statistics for theocracy

Last Updated

20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Theocracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theocracy. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for theocracy

theocracy

noun
How to pronounce theocracy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of theocracy

: a form of government in which a country is ruled by religious leaders
: a country that is ruled by religious leaders

More from Merriam-Webster on theocracy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for theocracy

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about theocracy

Comments on theocracy

What made you want to look up theocracy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!