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autocracy

au·toc·ra·cy

autocracy

 
 
pronunciation:
aw ta kr si
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part of speech: noun
inflections: autocracies
definition 1: rule by one person with absolute power; despotism.
The republic fell and was replaced by autocracy.
synonyms:
absolutism, despotism, tyranny
antonyms:
democracy
similar words:
autarchy, authoritarianism, monarchy
definition 2: a political unit ruled by an autocrat.
While other European monarchies were becoming increasingly democratic, Russia remained an autocracy under tsarist rule.
synonyms:
autarchy, despotism
antonyms:
democracy
similar words:
monarchy