autocracy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n autocracy a political theory favoring unlimited authority by a single individual
    • n autocracy a political system governed by a single individual
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Autocracy Independent or self-derived power; absolute or controlling authority; supremacy. "The divine will moves, not by the external impulse or inclination of objects, but determines itself by an absolute autocracy ."
    • Autocracy Political independence or absolute sovereignty (of a state); autonomy.
    • Autocracy Supreme, uncontrolled, unlimited authority, or right of governing in a single person, as of an autocrat.
    • Autocracy (Med) The action of the vital principle, or of the instinctive powers, toward the preservation of the individual; also, the vital principle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n autocracy The power of determining one's own actions; independent or self-derived power; self-government; self-rule.
    • n autocracy Uncontrolled or unlimited authority over others, invested in a single person; the government or power of an absolute monarch.
    • n autocracy In medicine, action of the vital powers toward the preservation of the individual. Synonyms Tyranny, Absolutism, etc. See despotism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Autocracy an absolute government by one man: despotism
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Quotations

  • Otto Herman Kahn
    Otto Herman Kahn
    “The deadliest foe of democracy is not autocracy but liberty frenzied.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. autocratie,. See Autocrat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. autokratēsautos, self, kratos, power.

Usage

In literature:

He could make the young or diffident man feel more at home than could the democratic and autocracy-hating Andrew Lewis.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
If the authorities choose to do either, they merely prove their autocracy.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 2, April 1906" by Various
He was himself a strange incarnation at once of doctrinaire liberalism and the old Habsburg autocracy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Feudalism passed by slow degrees into various forms of more or less defined autocracy.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
A revolution was contrived, the Kaiser fled the country, the autocracy was overthrown.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
A modern Cabinet in fact is open to the charge of being autocracy in a new guise.
"Progress and History" by Various
The Bulgars love the Russian people; they hate the Russian autocracy.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
While granting this privilege, the Flemings ever hated autocracy.
"Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders" by George Wharton Edwards
This is quite as true in a democracy as it is in an autocracy.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
There is no fear of a military autocracy in Japan.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
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In news:

Every revolution against autocracy is initially stirring.
Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' hilariously weighs democracy, autocracy .
Malawi slides toward autocracy .
Why Liberals Apologize for Autocracy .
There is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy , and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today.
Lee Kuan Yew's legacy: Development under autocracy .
From Libya to Bahrain, Mideast autocracy under fire.
On Tuesday, another problematic friend took a big step toward perpetuating his corrupt and crumbling autocracy .
Corporatism destroys Democratic and Socialistic Republics by replacing them with tyrannical CEO Autocracies.
Corporatism destroys Democratic and Socialistic Republics by replacing them with tyrannical CEO Autocracies.
Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' hilariously weighs democracy, autocracy.
Egyptian government heading toward autocracy, an opposition leader says.
Opponents of President Mohammed Morsi clashed with Egyptian police on Tuesday as thousands of protesters stepped up pressure on Morsi to scrap a decree they say threatens the nation with a new era of autocracy.
We all know Americans are sick of their government, but former Mayor Ed Koch is taking that a bit further in his weekly commentary, going so far as to say the conditions could be ripe for a new autocracy.
Egypt has functioned as a military-backed autocracy for the past 58 years, since a group of young army officers staged a coup and overthrew King Farouk.
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