oligarchy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n oligarchy a political system governed by a few people "one of his cardinal convictions was that Britain was not run as a democracy but as an oligarchy","the big cities were notoriously in the hands of the oligarchy of local businessmen"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Oligarchy A form of government in which the supreme power is placed in the hands of a few persons; also, those who form the ruling few. "All oligarchies , wherein a few men domineer, do what they list."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oligarchy A form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the hands of a small exclusive class; also, collectively, those who form such a class or body.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oligarchy ol′i-gärk-i government by a small exclusive class: a state governed by such: a small body of men who have the supreme power of a state in their hands
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; 'oli`gos few, little + 'a`rchein to rule, govern: cf. F. oligarchie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Gr., oligos, few, archein, to rule.

Usage

In literature:

The force was wholly a Protestant one, commanded by Protestant officers, and it was turned to account by the Protestant oligarchy.
"History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
In the North, they tend toward Democracy; in the South, toward Oligarchy.
"Conflict of Northern and Southern Theories of Man and Society" by Henry Ward Beecher
Such a government would be an oligarchy of the most odious and detestable character.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3 No 2, February 1863" by Various
He recommended an oligarchy.
"Darius the Great" by Jacob Abbott
Oligarchy, has proved universally pernicious, i.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Of course, humanity being as it is, an oligarchy, has its dangers and its temptations.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
At Briarcroft Hall there had hitherto existed a pure oligarchy, or government of the few.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
Had John Locke's Carolina laws lasted, we would have been under a grinding oligarchy.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
This, of course, was to form an oligarchy, not a democracy.
"James Madison" by Sydney Howard Gay
What part he took in the struggle between the oligarchy and its democratical assailants under Thrasybulus we are not informed.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
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In news:

It is interesting to note that liberals would almost be devoid of speech if the words "neocons," "teabagger," "fascist," "Hitler," "oligarchy," and "meanspirited" were eliminated from their vocabulary.
For those of you hiding out deep in the woods, it's set in a dystopian future North America, a continent divided into downtrodden, fearful districts ruled by a decadent, luxurious oligarchy in the Capitol.
Letters to the Editor Mickey McVay It is interesting to note that liberals would almost be devoid of speech if the words "neocons," "teabagger," " fascist ," "Hitler," "oligarchy," and "meanspirited" were eliminated from their vocabulary.
How American democracy became the property of a commercial oligarchy.
Letters to the Editor Mickey McVay It is interesting to note that liberals would almost be devoid of speech if the words "neocons," "teabagger," "fascist," "Hitler," "oligarchy," and "meanspirited" were eliminated from their vocabulary.
Letters to the Editor Mickey McVay It is interesting to note that liberals would almost be devoid of speech if the words "neocons," "teabagger," "fascist," "Hitler," "oligarchy," and " meanspirited " were eliminated from their vocabulary.
Still doubt we?re living under an Oligarchy .
Letters to the Editor Mickey McVay It is interesting to note that liberals would almost be devoid of speech if the words "neocons," "teabagger," "fascist," "Hitler," " oligarchy ," and "meanspirited" were eliminated from their vocabulary.
A More Egalitarian Oligarchy .
A Family And an Oligarchy .
Yesterday, several hundred Occupy Wall Street protesters decided that the best way to topple the oligarchy of "the other one percent" was to cause chaos for the commuters heading in and out of Brooklyn.
The Oligarchy in America Today from the October 11, 2012 issue.
Are We Headed For an Oligarchy.
THIS IS A poor country—so poor it can't even afford an oligarchy.
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In science:

The standard formulation of physical theories might be called a vector oligarchy as coordinates are only associated with the basis vectors (1-vectors) of the spacetime manifold.
Physical Applications of a Generalized Clifford Calculus (Papapetrou equations and Metamorphic Curvature)
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