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oligarchy

government by the few: The citizens have no voice in an oligarchy.
Not to be confused with:
anarchy – the absence of laws or government: The fall of the empire was followed by chaos and anarchy.
aristocracy – rule by elite or privileged upper class: The governing body was composed of the country’s most powerful aristocracy.
democracy – government by the people: The United States is a democracy.
plutocracy – government in which the wealthy class rules: In a plutocracy, there is little regard for the poor.
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ol·i·gar·chy

 (ŏl′ĭ-gär′kē, ō′lĭ-)
n. pl. ol·i·gar·chies
1.
a. Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.
b. Those making up such a government.
2. A state governed by a few persons.

ol′i·gar′chic, ol′i·gar′chi·cal adj.
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oligarchy

(ˈɒlɪˌɡɑːkɪ)
n, pl -chies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government by a small group of people
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a state or organization so governed
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a small body of individuals ruling such a state
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly US a small clique of private citizens who exert a strong influence on government
[C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek oligarkhia, from olígos few + -archy]
ˌoliˈgarchic, ˌoliˈgarchical, ˌoliˈgarchal adj
ˌoliˈgarchically adv
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ol•i•gar•chy

(ˈɒl ɪˌgɑr ki)

n., pl. -chies.
1. a form of government in which power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique.
2. a state or organization so ruled.
3. the persons or class so ruling.
[1570–80; < Medieval Latin oligarchia < Greek oligarchía. See olig-, -archy]
ol`i•gar′chic, ol`i•gar′chi•cal, adj.
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oligarchy

1. a system of rule by a few persons.
2. the people who form such a government. — oligarch, n.oligarchie, oligarchical, adj.
See also: Government
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oligarchy

1. Government by a small faction or group of families, from Greek words meaning “a few” and “chief” or “principal.”
2. A form of government in which power is held by a small group of people.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oligarchy - a political system governed by a few people; "one of his cardinal convictions was that Britain was not run as a democracy but as an oligarchy"; "the big cities were notoriously in the hands of the oligarchy of local businessmen"
form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power
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Translations

oligarchy

[ˈɒlɪgɑːkɪ] Noligarquía f
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oligarchy

[ˈɒlɪgɑːrki] n
(= group) → oligarchie f
(= form of government) → oligarchie f
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oligarchy

nOligarchie f
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oligarchy

[ˈɒlɪˌgɑːkɪ] noligarchia
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References in periodicals archive ?
Tanto che i fedeli (tutti e non una oligarchia) sono incitati a manifestare la loro opinione: certo con l'attenzione mai deposta a non propalare opinioni erronee, irriverenti, insolenti, ingiuriose, segnatamente laddove si possa profanare la dignita delle persone.
Bergamo Brescia e Crema hanno gia divorziato da San Marco, e quella stupida e frodolenta oligarchia s'accorgera finalmente che i loro veri nemici non sono i Francesi.