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 (ŏl′ĭ-gär′kē, ō′lĭ-)
n. pl. ol·i·gar·chies
a. Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.
b. Those making up such a government.
2. A state governed by a few persons.

ol′i·gar′chic, ol′i·gar′chi·cal adj.
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Adj.1.oligarchical - of or relating to or supporting or characteristic of an oligarchy
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Then let us now proceed to describe the inferior sort of natures, being the contentious and ambitious, who answer to the Spartan polity; also the oligarchical, democratical, and tyrannical.
We will compare with this the like character in the individual; and, after that, consider oligarchical man; and then again we will turn our attention to democracy and the democratical man; and lastly, we will go and view the city of tyranny, and once more take a look into the tyrant's soul, and try to arrive at a satisfactory decision.
Gallantly they did; and it was for this reason, when the Second Revolt was crushed, that they, too, were crushed by the united oligarchies of the world, their socialist governments being replaced by oligarchical governments.
The Vernon Hotel at which The Twelve True Fishermen held their annual dinners was an institution such as can only exist in an oligarchical society which has almost gone mad on good manners.
From Spanish goons to our present oligarchical thugs, the Philippines stretches out like a sandbar waiting to be defiled.
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In his report, Dodd also argued that the mega-foundations were weaponizing the government "education" system to enable oligarchical collectivism.
Word went around that the reason behind such a dazzling display of oligarchical partiality in the lawmaking industry was, well, the senators believed that high taxes on luxury cars would only encourage smuggling.
The merchant was to be differentiated from the great ship owners, who formed with the landowners an aristocratic or oligarchical class between the merchants and the royals and higher aristocrats entrenched in traditional Phoenician religion.
Virtual products such as TV shows, movies, e-books, and video games are rolled out globally as quickly as they are translated, bypassing oligarchical structures in media and publishing.
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Grace shows how oligarchical interests dominated middle-class life in Callan prior to the Great Famine, meaning that local government could offer little assistance to the people in the town.