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

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 Under the theocratic regime in Tehran and its conservative interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic, law, capital punishment is meted out unsparingly to those found guilty of murder or manslaughter. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 As Stephen Batchelor has recently shown, the open-minded, non-authoritarian side of Buddhism, too, quickly succumbed to its theocratic side, gasping under the weight of those heavy statues. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Yet the Wall Street Journal reports that the president of the United States, the most powerful man on earth, was unable to get the theocratic petrol-sheikhs of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on the phone. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 12 Mar. 2022 The separation of church and state is a central pillar that helps circumvent the theocratic oppression and religious nationalism afflicting numerous other countries., 22 Feb. 2022 Iran’s theocratic regime executed Afkari in September 2020 for his role in a 2018 protest against its political and economic corruption. Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, 4 Feb. 2022 Then in 1979 Iran ousted the shah, who was replaced by a theocratic administration. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Dec. 2021 But what shocked Nemat the most was the speed of her nation's descent into a theocratic regime in 1979. Yaffa Fredrick, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 The result is a book about a theocratic dictatorship that takes over the United States after climate change and declining birth rates threaten to cripple the nation’s economy. Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of theocratic

1690, in the meaning defined above

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“Theocratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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