theo·​crat | \ ˈthē-ə-ˌkrat How to pronounce theocrat (audio) \

Definition of theocrat

1 : one who rules in or lives under a theocratic form of government
2 : one who favors a theocratic form of government

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The Iranian theocrats despise the Trump administration. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "U.S. Holds All the Cards in the Showdown with Iran," 20 June 2019 The Iranian theocrats despise the Trump administration. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: U.S. holds all the cards in showdown with Iran," 20 June 2019 Well a Republican Senate candidate is being denounced as a would-be theocrat for saying that men have a duty to lead. Fox News, "New evidence of political bias at Google; gender politics at play in Michigan Senate race," 21 Sep. 2018 Handjani said, pointing to the power of Khamenei and Iran’s Guardian Council, a body of theocrats that has the final say on all matters of the state. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Anti-government protests now look like an opportunity for Iran’s president," 24 Feb. 2018 Iran’s theocrats have proved perfectly willing to keep order by force. The Economist, "Scrapping the Iran deal won’t do anyone any good," 12 May 2018 Indeed, most of the time, they should be ignored — nobody wants, or, at least, should want, a government run by theocrats. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why Michelle Wolf and Father Pat Conroy are so important.," 30 Apr. 2018 Skepticism about Enlightenment values, in his view, comes from leftist humanities professors and highbrow-magazine editors who have read too much Nietzsche, or from theocrats on the right. Alison Gopnik, The Atlantic, "When Truth and Reason Are No Longer Enough," 17 Mar. 2018 The veil has served as one of the most potent and visible symbols of the Islamic republic, a system in which ultimate authority resides with unelected theocrats. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Women in Iran are pulling off their headscarves — and hoping for a ‘turning point’," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of theocrat

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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