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Meaning of AUTOCRACY

Pronunciation:  o't√Ękrusee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a political theory favoring unlimited authority by a single individual
  2. [n]  a political system governed by a single individual

AUTOCRACY is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: autarchy
 Antonyms: commonwealth, democracy, republic
 See Also: absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, diarchy, dictatorship, dyarchy, form of government, ideology, Machiavellianism, monarchy, monocracy, one-man rule, political orientation, political system, political theory, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Au*toc"ra*cy\, n.; pl. {Autocracies}. [Gr. ?: cf. F.
autocratie. See {Autocrat}.]
1. Independent or self-derived power; absolute or controlling
   authority; supremacy.

         The divine will moves, not by the external impulse
         or inclination of objects, but determines itself by
         an absolute autocracy.                --South.

2. Supreme, uncontrolled, unlimited authority, or right of
   governing in a single person, as of an autocrat.

3. Political independence or absolute sovereignty (of a
   state); autonomy. --Barlow.

4. (Med.) The action of the vital principle, or of the
   instinctive powers, toward the preservation of the
   individual; also, the vital principle. [In this sense,
   written also {autocrasy}.] --Dunglison.