theo·​crat·​ic | \ ˌthē-ə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce theocratic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly theocratical \ ˌthē-​ə-​ˈkra-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce theocratic (audio) \

Definition of theocratic

: of, relating to, or being a theocracy

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Other Words from theocratic

theocratically \ ˌthē-​ə-​ˈkra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce theocratic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of theocratic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sistani, though born in Iran, opposes the theocratic theories that underpin the Iranian state. Washington Post, "The pope and the ayatollah: Francis meets Iraq's Sistani," 6 Mar. 2021 But as the theocratic dictatorship in Tehran ignores people’s will, the realignment is likely to go ahead – with dire consequences to the world’s energy supply and for western interests in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, "China-Iran $400 Billion Accord: A Power Shift Threatens Western Energy," 5 Apr. 2021 Rouhani, a cleric who is a relative moderate in Iran's theocratic government, is term limited from running again. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: Iran restricts UN atomic agency to pressure West," 22 Feb. 2021 For Iran, additional bases likely will increase the suspicions of its theocratic government. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "US exploring new bases in Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions," 26 Jan. 2021 The riveting and superbly acted Iranian drama, based on a real variety show, poses a moral crucible born out of a theocratic system that disfavors women amid the heightened tension of the on-camera spectacle. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Reality TV, Iranian-style, in ‘Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness’," 10 Dec. 2020 The theocratic government of Ayatollah Khamenei is isolated internationally. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Return of the Propeller Heads," 14 Nov. 2020 As a Supreme Court justice, Amy Coney Barrett wouldn’t try to make the U.S. a theocratic dystopia. Mary Hallan Fiorito, WSJ, "People of Praise Deserves Ours," 1 Oct. 2020 The novel depicts a theocratic society where women known as handmaids are forced into child-bearing slavery. Joe Garofoli,, "Feinstein focus on Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic faith backfired once. Biden backers are nervous," 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of theocratic

1690, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of theocratic was in 1690

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2 May 2021

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“Theocratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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