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the·oc·ra·cy

 (thē-ŏk′rə-sē)
n. pl. the·oc·ra·cies
1. Government ruled by or subject to religious authority.
2. A country or state governed in this way.

theocracy

(θɪˈɒkrəsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government by a deity or by a priesthood
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a community or political unit under such government
ˈtheoˌcrat n
ˌtheoˈcratic, ˌtheoˈcratical adj
ˌtheoˈcratically adv

the•oc•ra•cy

(θiˈɒk rə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme ruler.
2. a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission.
3. a commonwealth or state under such a form of government.
[1615–25; < Greek theokratía. See theo-, -cracy]
the′o•crat` (-əˌkræt) n.
the`o•crat′ic, the`o•crat′i•cal, adj.
the`o•crat′i•cal•ly, adv.

theocracy

1. a system of government in which God or a deity is held to be the civil ruler; thearchy.
2. a system of government by priests; hagiarchy.
3. a state under such a form of rule. — theocrat, n.theocratic, adj.
See also: Government
a system of government in which a deity is considered the civil ruler. Also called thearchy.
See also: Religion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.theocracy - a political unit governed by a deity (or by officials thought to be divinely guided)
church-state - a state ruled by religious authority
hierocracy - a ruling body composed of clergy
form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power
2.theocracy - the belief in government by divine guidance
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
Translations
papi uralomteokrácia

theocracy

[θɪˈɒkrəsɪ] Nteocracia f

theocracy

nTheokratie f

theocracy

[θɪˈɒkrəsɪ] n (Pol) → teocrazia
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More important still, Kempshall's book challenges long held (and, in the case of Neo-Thomist thought) deeply cherished ideas about the role of the scholastic philosophers in adapting Aristotelian notions of political society and the virtuous life to late medieval concepts of secular and ecclesiastical government.
He believes in a strong papacy, certainly, as a theological concept--but that does not automatically translate into support for micromanagement in ecclesiastical government.