noun (plural autocracies)[mass noun]
- 1A system of government by one person with absolute power.More example sentences
- It is generally customary to consider the doctrine largely in connection with those states which have been proponents of power, autocracy, and absolutism.
- Generations of people around the world have endured autocracy and dictatorship, totalitarianism, fascism, monarchy, oligarchy and even anarchy without knowing freedom.
- What they all had in common was that they weren't particularly democratic, being variations either on autocracy or on bureaucratic totalitarianism.
- 1.1 [count noun] A state or society governed by one person with absolute power: the Grand Duchy of Tuscany was an autocracyMore example sentences
- As compelling as the development-first thesis sounds, the empirical evidence is clear: democracies consistently outperform autocracies in the developing world.
- Aid agencies subsidized the worst collectivist autocracies, underwriting the very policies responsible for Third World poverty.
- We are at risk of becoming an autocracy in three key respects.
- 1.2Domineering rule or control: a boss who shifts between autocracy and consultationMore example sentences
- Economic liberalization and behind the scenes military autocracy combined with a localistic nationalism became an influential new model.
- The defining battle of our era is to reestablish citizen rule over our government, our economy, our environment, and our society - and this requires the defeat of today's corporate autocracy.
- We in the Western nations long ago recognized autocracy in the public sector as poison, no matter how well-meaning the autocrat might be.
mid 17th century (in the sense 'autonomy'): from Greek autokrateia, from autokratēs (see autocrat).