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
Once a stalwart secular Western partner, Turkey is now an increasingly antagonistic and theocracy-curious fair-weather friend.
Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian thriller in which a Christian theocracy overthrows the US government and forces fertile women to bear children for high-ranking government officials.
As in, theocracy would make things so recognizably bad that people would rise up against it?
Mr. Scruton soundly points out his objection to theocracies.
While both the Islamic State and the Saudi monarchy follow similarly puritanical Sunni Muslim theology, the Iranian government is a Shiite theocracy.
Or perhaps a repressive theocracy would come crumbling down.
To suffocate and end Islamist terrorism, here are the three ideas on which the religious and political leaders in Mecca should focus: First, Muslims can fully observe Islam without a theocracy, caliphate or Islamic State.
A series of environmental events and terrorist attacks have converged to both threaten human fertility and weaken the political system, paving the way for a Christian fundamentalist theocracy to emerge as both church and state.
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Origin and Etymology of theocracy
Greek theokratia, from the- + -kratia -cracy
First Known Use: 1622See Words from the same year
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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