theocrat

noun
theo·​crat | \ˈthē-ə-ˌkrat \

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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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 Fewer than 22,000 votes kept a hardline theocrat out of the Senate. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Roy Moores of the World Aren't Going Away," 10 Jan. 2018 Roy Moore is a vehicle for collecting suckers, for liberating them from their responsibility as citizens in a self-governing republic, and anybody who thinks this waterheaded theocrat belongs in the United States Senate is a dupe and a fool. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "What I Saw Inside Roy Moore's Barn Burner," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of theocrat

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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