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-cracy(word root) rule, government
Examples of words with the root -cracy: democracy
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Government; rule: meritocracy.
[French -cratie, from Old French, from Late Latin -cratia, from Greek -kratiā, from kratos, strength, power; see kar- in Indo-European roots.]
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n combining form
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) indicating a type of government or rule: plutocracy; mobocracy. See also -crat
[from Greek -kratia, from kratos power]
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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]
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