plutocracy


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plu·toc·ra·cy

 (plo͞o-tŏk′rə-sē)
n. pl. plu·toc·ra·cies
1. Government by the wealthy.
2. A wealthy class that controls a government.
3. A government or state in which the wealthy rule.

[Greek ploutokratiā : ploutos, wealth; see pleu- in Indo-European roots + -kratiā, -cracy.]

plu′to·crat′ (plo͞o′tə-krăt′) n.
plu′to·crat′ic, plu′to·crat′i·cal adj.
plu′to·crat′i·cal·ly adv.

plutocracy

(pluːˈtɒkrəsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the rule or control of society by the wealthy
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a state or government characterized by the rule of the wealthy
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a class that exercises power by virtue of its wealth
[C17: from Greek ploutokratia government by the rich, from ploutos wealth + -kratia rule, power]
plutocratic, ˌplutoˈcratical adj
ˌplutoˈcratically adv

plu•toc•ra•cy

(pluˈtɒk rə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy.
2. a government or state in which the wealthy class rules.
3. a class or group exercising power by virtue of its wealth.
[1645–55; < Greek ploutokratía=ploûto(s) wealth + -kratia -cracy]
plu•to•crat (ˈplū təˌkræt) n.
plu`to•crat′ic adj.

plutocracy

1. the rule of the rich or wealthy.
2. the rich or wealthy who govern under such a system. Also called plousiocracy.plutocrat, n.
See also: Government

plutocracy

1. A form of government in which power is held by the rich.
2. A society in which power is in the hands of wealthy people.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plutocracy - a political system governed by the wealthy people
form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power
Translations

plutocracy

[ˌpluːˈtɒkrəsɪ] Nplutocracia f

plutocracy

nPlutokratie f

plutocracy

[ˌpluːˈtɒkrəsɪ] nplutocrazia
References in classic literature ?
The talent he retained through life for studying his subject, and even somebodys else's subject, had long been concentrated on this idea of championing a new peasantry against a new plutocracy.
In many ways New York and her gorgeous plutocracy repeated Venice in the magnificence of her architecture, painting, metal-work and sculpture, for example, in the grim intensity,of her political method, in her maritime and commercial ascendancy.
Peel's late conduct on the Catholic question, innocent of future gold-fields, and of that gorgeous plutocracy which has so nobly exalted the necessities of genteel life.
First comes the Plutocracy, which is composed of wealthy bankers, railway magnates, corporation directors, and trust magnates.
The Plutocracy owns sixty-seven billions of wealth.
Calling us weak does not make you stronger in the face of the strength of the Plutocracy," Ernest retorted.
Even now the Plutocracy is taking it away from you.
But you have the concrete wealth, twenty-four billions of it, and the Plutocracy will take it away from you.
Because the politicians of the old parties will have nothing to do with your atavistic ideas; and with your atavistic ideas, they will have nothing to do because they are what I said they are, henchmen, retainers of the Plutocracy.
1830 England, nominally a monarchy, was in reality a plutocracy of about a hundred thousand men--landed nobles, gentry, and wealthy merchants--whose privileges dated back to fifteenth century conditions.
In the heart of a plutocracy tradesmen become cunning enough to be more fastidious than their customers.
She disliked the new element of plutocracy in the social compound, and industrialism as a method of human development appeared to her singularly repulsive in its mechanical and unfeeling character.