Oligarchy Definition

ŏlĭ-gärkē, ōlĭ-
oligarchies
noun
A form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons.
Webster's New World
Those making up such a government.
American Heritage
A state governed in this way.
Webster's New World
The persons ruling such a state.
Webster's New World

A government run by only a few, often the wealthy.

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Other Word Forms of Oligarchy

Noun

Singular:
oligarchy
Plural:
oligarchies

Origin of Oligarchy

  • From French oligarchie, from Latin oligarchia, from Ancient Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarchia), from ὀλίγος (oligos, “few") + ἀρχή (archÄ“, “rule"). From oligo- +"Ž -archy

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