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oligarchy

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1 a small group of people who exercise control over a country, business, etc.
  • Critics complain that the government is now dominated by an oligarchy of wealthy businesspeople.

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2 government that is controlled by a small group of people
  • The nation was an oligarchy with election results manipulated to maintain a permanent ruling class.

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The first known use of oligarchy was in 1542

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“Oligarchy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/oligarchy. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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