theo·​crat·​ic | \ˌthē-ə-ˈkra-tik \
variants: or less commonly theocratical \ˌthē-​ə-​ˈkra-​ti-​kəl \

Definition of theocratic 

: of, relating to, or being a theocracy

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theocratically \ˌthē-​ə-​ˈkra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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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 Saudi Arabia’s legislature follows a theocratic model and the nation is governed by a rigid intepretation of Sharia Law. Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "2 Sisters From Saudi Arabia Tell Us the Importance of Lifting the Driving Ban," 24 June 2018 Those tough economic conditions sparked nationwide protests in December and January, which were egged on by Trump and others who want to see Iran’s theocratic government collapse. Washington Post, "Analysis: Crumbling of nuclear deal boosts Iran hard-liners," 9 May 2018 Iran’s theocratic regime may be facing even greater economic challenges than previously reported—perhaps even including a shortage of contemporary metaphors. James Freeman, WSJ, "Tom and Jerry and Khamenei," 24 May 2018 Iran hawks argue that the idea of rival political camps is an illusion and that Rouhani was always beholden to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the theocratic cabal surrounding him. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "American and Iranian hard-liners await the end of the nuclear deal," 4 May 2018

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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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