plutocracy

Definitions

  • Member of the New Plutocracy
    Member of the New Plutocracy
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n plutocracy a political system governed by the wealthy people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Plutocracy A form of government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of the wealthy classes; government by the rich; also, a controlling or influential class of rich men.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plutocracy Government by the wealthy class; the rule of wealth; also, a class ruling by virtue of its wealth. Also plutarchy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plutocracy plōō-tok′ra-si government by the wealthy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; wealth + to be strong, to rule, fr. strength: cf. F. plutocratie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. ploutokratiaploutos, wealth, kratiakratein, to rule.

Usage

In literature:

The yawp of socialism is excusably despised by plutocracy.
"The Arena" by Various
Because the danger of plutocracy forced itself on the people.
"Ethics in Service" by William Howard Taft
By the mere health of his soul he could smell out the evil of a plutocracy.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
Edgar, Plutocracy and Snobbery in New York., 142.
"The Arena" by Various
American plutocracy has never got itself respected like English aristocracy.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
This is the direct control exercised by the plutocracy over the machinery of government.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Whether Uncle Piper is a type of Australian plutocracy need hardly be discussed.
"Australian Writers" by Desmond Byrne
No doubt to many minds a Plutocracy presents many attractions.
"New Worlds For Old" by Herbert George Wells
Railroads are the tentacles of plutocracy.
"Aliens" by William McFee
She belonged to the class he now hated, the detested plutocracy upon which he had declared war.
"By Right of Conquest" by Arthur Hornblow
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In news:

In some of these plutocracies, the richest 1 percent of the population gobbles up 20 percent of the national pie.
A Refuge for the Plutocracy.
Plutocracy and democracy can't co-exist.
The great public-interest journalist Bill Moyers, 75, ended his long-running Journal program on Friday with a warning: Plutocracy and democracy don't mix.
US is slipping toward plutocracy .
ESCANABA — Seven years ago Nixon political strategist Kevin Phillips wrote in "Wealth and Democracy" that America was becoming a plutocracy, government by the wealthy.
How Americans Can Save Themselves From Plutocracy.
The Human Roots and Human Cost of American Plutocracy.
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