noun (plural oligarchies)
- 1A small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution: the ruling oligarchy of military men around the presidentMore example sentences
- Whether at home or overseas, the US government serves the interests of the financial oligarchy that controls both the Democrats and the Republicans.
- No longer will this planet be controlled by financier oligarchies controlling central banking systems, and dictating to governments, what governments can and can not do.
- You organize the world into different religions, and then set the religions to fight each other, as a way a small power, an oligarchy, can control the world: setting one group of people against the other.
- 1.1A country governed by an oligarchy: the English aristocratic oligarchy of the 19th centuryMore example sentences
- The result of short-term royal success in eviscerating local government was a system of degenerate petty oligarchies dependent on government initiative.
- For more than a millennium, until its fall in 1797, the Republic of Venice was governed by an oligarchy, comprising a limited number of patrician families.
- The Roman Republic was an oligarchy but there was some element of political participation by the lower classes - the votes were weighted so those of the rich counted for more than those of the poor, but there was voting nevertheless.
- 1.2Government by oligarchy.More example sentences
- Generations of people around the world have endured autocracy and dictatorship, totalitarianism, fascism, monarchy, oligarchy and even anarchy without knowing freedom.
- The Spartan constitution was mixed, containing elements of monarchy, oligarchy and democracy.
- As you all know, General Fabyein has made plans to abolish the oligarchy and take control of Hilajinn.
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- He was defending the mixed system that existed in the Britain of his day - a combination of aristocratic, commercial, oligarchic, and democratic elements.
- These new private capitalists developed into oligarchic clans to protect their members and compete with the others.
- In so far as we can infer the Buddha's own preferences, they were for the sort of oligarchic egalitarian or republican political organization that seems to have held among his own people.
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- It has been dominated by the IMF and the Anglo-Americans, by the English-speaking oligarchical factions, financial oligarchical factions of the world.
- The central institution of that oligarchical power, in the continent of Europe, is the central banking system.
- Yes, you had right-wing forces, you called them, or the oligarchical or wealthy forces.
Pronunciation: /ˌäliˈgärkik, ˌōli-/adjective
Pronunciation: /ˌäliˈgärkikəl, ˌōli-/adjective
late 15th century: from Greek oligarkhia (probably via medieval Latin).
See aristocracy (usage).
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