-cracy - definition of -cracy by The Free Dictionary
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-cracy(word root) rule, government
Examples of words with the root -cracy: democracy
Government; rule: meritocracy.
, from Old French, from Late Latin -cratia
, from Greek -kratiā
, from kratos
, strength, power
; see kar-
in Indo-European roots
n combining form
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) indicating a type of government or rule: plutocracy
. See also -crat
[from Greek -kratia, from kratos power]
a combining form meaning “rule,” “government” by the agent specified by the initial element: democracy; theocracy.
[< Middle French -cracie
) < Late Latin -cratia
< Greek -kratia
rule, strength, might + -ia -y3
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But no democracy, bureaucracy, or any other form of "-cracy
" (which is derived from the Greek kratos, meaning "power") is good when tastes concerning nonpublic goods are concerned: Joe's preference for white chocolate and Alice's preference for dark chocolate are nobody's business.
" part relates to power or strength, while "ethnos" is tribe and "demos" is people.
"What is at stake is a fundamental shift from the very unsettling force implied in the '-cracy
' of democracy, to an '-archy' (of oligarchy, monarchy) that is some form of legitimated, grounded power."