- The definition of autocracy means a country, city, or other area is ruled over by one person who has total control.
A monarchy is an example ofan autocracy.
- government in which one person has absolute power; dictatorship; despotism
- pl. autocracies a country with this kind of government
- unlimited power or authority of one person over others
Origin: Classical Greek autokrateia, absolute power: see auto- and amp; -cracy
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noun pl. au·toc·ra·cies
- Government by a single person having unlimited power; despotism.
- A country or state that is governed by a single person with unlimited power.