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
Recent Examples of theocracy from the Web
Rafsanjani also faced warnings from the ruling theocracy about pushing too far.
Rafsanjani managed to remain within the ruling theocracy after leaving office, but any dreams of taking on a higher-profile role collapsed with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election in 2009 and the intense crackdown that followed.
That is a profound generational shift in a society of 80 million whose theocracy preaches that a woman’s main purpose in life is to be a wife and mother.
Mousavi and Khatami are two of a troika of heavyweights who, over the decades, have stubbornly attempted to open up Iran’s rigid theocracy.
In the mid-1980s, a few years after Iran became the world’s first modern revolutionary theocracy, two charismatic intellectuals and their followers conducted a long-running feud over metaphysics in the country’s newspapers and lecture halls.
This is where theocracy brings us, over and over again.
At least on paper, Aum now resembled a cross between a medieval theocracy and postwar Japan.
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Origin and Etymology of theocracy
Greek theokratia, from the- + -kratia -cracy
First Known Use: 1622
THEOCRACY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of theocracy for English Language Learners
: a form of government in which a country is ruled by religious leaders
: a country that is ruled by religious leaders
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