theocracy

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noun the·oc·ra·cy \thē-ˈä-krə-sē\

Definition of theocracy

plural

theocracies

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

  2. 2 :  a state governed by a theocracy

Origin and Etymology of theocracy

Greek theokratia, from the- + -kratia -cracy


First Known Use: 1622


THEOCRACY Defined for English Language Learners

theocracy

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noun the·oc·ra·cy \thē-ˈä-krə-sē\

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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