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oligarchy

ol·i·gar·chy

oligarchy

 
pronunciation:
a l gar ki
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
inflections: oligarchies
definition 1: a government or state in which a few people or a family rule.
The nation calls itself a democracy but is in fact an oligarchy in which only high-ranking members of the military hold any power.
synonyms:
aristocracy
similar words:
elitism, monarchy, theocracy, triumvirate
definition 2: the group of those who rule in such a government.
The city-state was ruled by an oligarchy made up of members of a wealthy family.
synonyms:
aristocracy, nobility, royalty
similar words:
elite, establishment, patricians, peerage
derivations: oligarchic (adj.), oligarchical (adj.), oligarchically (adv.)
Word Parts
The word oligarchy contains the following parts:
arch, archi, arche (archae), archeo, (archaeo), -arch, -archy Greek root that means first in rank or time
synonyms:
prim, princ, prot, proto
 
olig, oligo Greek root that means few; deficiency
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