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n. pl. slav·oc·ra·cies
A ruling group of slaveholders or advocates of slavery, as in the southern United States before 1865.

slav′o·crat′ (slā′və-krăt′) n.
slav′o·crat′ic adj.
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(esp in the US before the Civil War) n, pl -cies
1. (Historical Terms) slaveholders as a dominant class
2. (Historical Terms) domination by slaveholders
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(sleɪˈvɒk rə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. a dominating body of slaveholders.
2. rule by such a group, esp. before the Civil War.
slav′o•crat` (-vəˌkræt) n.
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