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 (ŏl′ĭ-gärk′, ō′lĭ-)
A member of a small governing faction.

[Greek oligarkhēs : oligos, few + -arkhēs, -arch.]
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a member of an oligarchy
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(ˈɒl ɪˌgɑrk)

one of the rulers in an oligarchy.
[1600–10; < Greek oligárchēs; see olig-, -arch]
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Noun1.oligarch - one of the rulers in an oligarchy
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
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Oligarchs and democrats go wrong in their conception of the good.
The aim which he sets before oligarchs or democracies is not the good life, but simple stability or permanence of the existing constitution.
Either they arm the multitude, and then they are more afraid of them than of the enemy; or, if they do not call them out in the hour of battle, they are oligarchs indeed, few to fight as they are few to rule.
(4) the Gould family railway interests; and (5) Moore, Reid, and Leeds, known as the "Rock Island crowd." These strong oligarchs arose out of the conflict of competition and travelled the inevitable road toward combination.
The unexpected move drew instant ire from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called one of the oligarchs, Ukraine's third-richest man, Ihor Kolomoisky, a ''swindler.''
IN a surprising move after Russia flexed its military might in the Crimea, Ukraine's new leadership has reached out to oligarchs for help - appointing them as governors in eastern regions where loyalties to Moscow are strong.
As the three retailers are three oligarchs, theoretically they have a similar impact on the system, so we use [v.sub.1], [[alpha].sub.1], for example, to study the influence of [v.sub.i],[[alpha].sub.i] at on the system variables.
Oil group Rosneft is to buy the remaining shares in TNK-BP Holding for a fraction of the price it paid BP and a group of oligarchs for their stakes, in a worrying development for minority shareholders in Russian companies.
He also supported Putin's rise in the late 1990s, before the new president suppressed all independent power centers, including the oligarchs.
Oligarchs in Kyrgyzstan can be counted on fingers, Finance Minister Akylbek Japarov told reporters today.
He said that his decision was due to discord between the parliament and the legal system, as clearly seen when the Saeima voted against allowing the Corruption Prevention Bureau to search the residence of MP and one of Latvia's so-called oligarchs, Ainars Slesers.
But it also included a small group of secretive businessmen who had capitalised on the once near-economic collapse of Russia to become some of the richest men on the planet - the Oligarchs.