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-crat(word root) rule, government
Examples of words with the root -crat: plutocrat
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A participant in or supporter of a specified form of government: technocrat.
[French -crate, from Greek -kratēs, ruler, from kratos, strength, power; see -cracy.]
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n combining form
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) indicating a person who takes part in or is a member of a form of government or class: democrat; technocrat. See also -cracy
[from Greek -kratēs, from -kratia -cracy]
-cratic, -cratical adj combining form
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a combining form meaning “ruler,” “member of a ruling body:” autocrat; Eurocrat; technocrat. Compare -cracy.
[< French -crate < Greek -kratēs ruling, adj. derivative of krátos power]
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