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 theocratical (audio) \

Definition of theocratic

: of, relating to, or being a theocracy

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

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The latest American-Iranian standoff is not like that of 1979-1981, when theocratic revolutionaries removed the Shah, stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and took American hostages for 444 days — and humiliated America. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Why the US can afford to stay calm with Iran," 27 June 2019 The theocratic political system put in place after the revolution has persisted since then, but Iran’s leaders have had to contend with the changing cultural norms of Iranian society with varying degrees of repression. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Iran Vows to Continue Military Expansion Despite U.S. Threats," 11 Feb. 2019 Salafism is an Islamist ideology that advocates the replacement of democratic government and law with a theocratic state based on Sharia. Fox News, "Germany's Salafist Muslim children being radicalized faster and younger: intelligence report," 24 Aug. 2018 And although the dystopian nightmare facing the handmaids in the theocratic Republic of Gilead (formerly America's East Coast) has grown more oppressive and violent, the second season has featured themes of growing rebellion among the captives. Erin Ben-moche,, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Finale event brings questions and answers," 10 July 2018 The report cites over 100 members of religious minorities who are imprisoned in the theocratic nation. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "Pompeo to push to defend religious minorities around the world," 29 May 2018 Offred, who was pregnant, struggled to decide whether to escape Gilead, the theocratic regime that was previously the U.S., after coming across a working car. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Oprah Winfrey's 'Handmaid's Tale' cameo surprises fans," 28 June 2018 In fact, according to a report by the Center for Human Rights in Iran , the theocratic government considered lifitng the nine-year ban as recently as March 2018. Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "How Social Media in Iran Is Used as a Tool for Protest," 11 July 2018 The Iranian government has long branded Rajavi's group as a terrorist organization, saying that is on a mission to topple the country's theocratic leadership. Eric Shawn, Fox News, "Protesters against Iranian regime see a free Tehran ahead," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of theocratic

1690, in the meaning defined above

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