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n. pl. stra·toc·ra·cies
Government by the armed forces.

[Greek stratos, army; see ster- in Indo-European roots + -cracy.]

strat′o·crat′ic (străt′ə-krăt′ĭk) adj.
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n, pl -cies
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) military rule
[C17: from Greek stratos an army + -cracy]
stratocrat n
stratocratic adj
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(strəˈtɒk rə si)

n., pl. -cies.
government by the military.
[1645–55; < Greek strató(s) army + -cracy]
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a system of rule by the military.
See also: Government
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stratocracy - government by the military and an army
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
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"There is no democracy in Pakistan but straight stratocracy which means the rule of the military by the Generals.
Japan, in spite of its lapse into stratocracy in the 1930s, had already experienced constitutionalism, dating back to the 1889 Meiji constitution (McHugh 2002, 119).
In the opinions of many, both at home and abroad, SCAF's desired destination for the civilian revolution has been the transformation of 21st Century Egypt into a shoddy replica of the stratocracy of 20th Century Turkey.