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Government; rule: meritocracy.
n combining form
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) indicating a type of government or rule: plutocracy; mobocracy. 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. Compare -crat.
[< Middle French -cracie (now -cratie) < Late Latin -cratia < Greek -kratia=krát(os) rule, strength, might + -ia -y3]