Theocracy meaning

thē-ŏkrə-sē
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The definition of a theocracy is a government or country that is ruled by someone who has religious authority or divine right.

An example of a theocracy is Vatican City.

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Government ruled by or subject to religious authority.
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Government by a person or persons claiming to rule with divine authority.
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A country governed in this way.
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A country or state whose government derives its power directly from God or another divine spirit.
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Rule by a god.
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A country or state governed in this way.
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A country or state in which government powers are vested in the clergy.
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Government under the control of a state-sponsored religion.
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Sharia law.
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Origin of theocracy

  • theo- +"Ž -cracy, originally from Ancient Greek θεοκρατία (theokratia, “rule of (a) God"), a term coined in the 1st century by Josephus (Against Apion 2.17) in reference to the kingdom of Israel. Attested in English from the 1630s, first by John Donne in a 1631 sermon: The Jews were onely under a Theocratie, an immediate government of God.

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