theocratic

adjective
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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Other Words from theocratic

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

Examples of theocratic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 75 current lawmakers were barred from running again by the powerful Guardian Council, tipping the field heavily in favor of conservatives wedded to the theocratic ideals of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution. Arsalan Shahla, Bloomberg.com, "Iran Hardliners Take Election Lead as Moderates Stymied," 8 May 2020 But Iran’s theocratic leaders are prickly and paranoid. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Iran needs medical supplies. Trump should help," 12 Apr. 2020 This plague has proved an equal-opportunity evil, striking theocratic states like Iran and authoritarian ones like China, and more open ones like our own and those in Europe. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Coronavirus Crisis Reveals New York at Its Best and Worst," 23 Mar. 2020 Immediately following the revolution, the group attracted significant public support and emerged as a leading source of opposition to the new theocratic regime, according to Professor Ervand Abrahamian, a historian of the group. New York Times, "Highly Secretive Iranian Rebels Are Holed Up in Albania. They Gave Us a Tour.," 16 Feb. 2020 Conservative factions loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and wedded to the theocratic ideals of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution prevailed in Friday’s vote. Time, "Hardliners' Victory in Iranian Elections Turns Back the Clock on Relations With the West," 24 Feb. 2020 Immediately following the revolution, the group attracted significant public support and emerged as a leading source of opposition to the new theocratic regime, according to professor Ervand Abrahamian, a historian of the group. BostonGlobe.com, "Highly secretive Iranian rebels are holed up in Albania. They gave us a tour.," 16 Feb. 2020 Scores of Iranian gays reportedly have been incarcerated and thousands executed under theocratic law since the fall of the Shah in 1979. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Cult of West-Shaming," 30 Jan. 2020 Authorities have not specified the number of people killed during the November demonstrations, the broadest since the 1979 revolution that ushered in Iran’s theocratic government. Washington Post, "An Iranian couple wanted to mourn son killed in protests. Now they are in jail.," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of theocratic

1690, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2020

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“Theocratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theocratic. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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