theocracy

noun the·oc·ra·cy \ thē-ˈä-krə-sē \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of theocracy

plural theocracies
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

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Origin and Etymology of theocracy

Greek theokratia, from the- + -kratia -cracy


THEOCRACY Defined for English Language Learners

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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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