Definition of oligarch in English:

oligarch

Line breaks: oli|garch
Pronunciation: /ˈɒlɪgɑːk
 
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noun

  • 1A ruler in an oligarchy.
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    • The claim that the oligarchs privatized companies in order to strip their assets gets the logic backwards.
    • When it came to dealing with the oligarchs, the government was generally unable to exercise much control.
    • The dictatorship of transnational corporations, ruled by financial oligarchs, must be ended.
  • 2(Especially in Russia) a very rich businessman with a great deal of political influence.
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    • We are starting to win back our country from the media, the oligarchs, the corrupt politicians.
    • The dictatorship of transnational corporations, ruled by financial oligarchs, must be ended.
    • By making their fortunes on the backs of common Russians, the oligarchs themselves are a pretty unsympathetic lot.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek oligarkhēs, from oligoi 'few' + arkhein 'to rule'.

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