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

Examples of theocrat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The theocrats ruling Iran showed their fear of the popular movement when their security forces put down the demonstrations with live fire, killing hundreds, and arresting thousands. Abbas Milani, The New York Review of Books, "The Minimal Value of Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran," 8 Jan. 2020 Acknowledging this fact does not require us to become theocrats or fascists in the state, nor socialists in the economy. Declan Leary, National Review, "Marco Rubio’s Unpersuasive Critics," 19 Nov. 2019 Aside from Israel, Kurds are about the only American allies in the Middle East who predictably fight alongside our troops against Islamists, theocrats, and Baathists. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Kurdish, Syrian, and Turkish Ironies," 15 Oct. 2019 In comparison, what AOC or Ilhan Omar says is mostly irrelevant, as is the most recent bombast abroad from an Iranian theocrat, a Russian functionary, or a Maoist in China. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Economy, Father of Us All," 23 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of theocrat

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Theocrat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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