theocracy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n theocracy the belief in government by divine guidance
    • n theocracy a political unit governed by a deity (or by officials thought to be divinely guided)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Theocracy Government of a state by the immediate direction or administration of God; hence, the exercise of political authority by priests as representing the Deity.
    • Theocracy The state thus governed, as the Hebrew commonwealth before it became a kingdom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n theocracy A form of government in which God is recognized as the supreme civil ruler of the state, and his laws are taken as the statute-book of the kingdom.
    • n theocracy A state so governed: usually applied, with the definite article, to the Jewish commonwealth from the time of its organization under Moses until the inauguration of the monarchy under Saul.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Theocracy thē-ok′ra-si that constitution of a state in which the Almighty is regarded as the sole sovereign, and the laws of the realm as divine commands rather than human ordinances—the priesthood necessarily becoming the officers of the invisible ruler: the state thus governed
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; God + to be strong, to rule, fr. strength: cf. F. théocratie,. See Theism, and cf. Democracy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. theokratiatheos, God, kratein, to rule.

Usage

In literature:

The original theocracy of Israel consisted of Twelve Tribes.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
It was essentially religious, in theory a theocracy, in form a national cult.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Russia her Catharine; and even the jealous Jewish Theocracy was judged forty years by a woman.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
It is the chief branch of the public service; the state is under the direct rule of the gods; never was there a more absolute theocracy.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
I was in the centre of a vast Theocracy.
"The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
But the technique proper of the mechanism is not the most important pedagogical element of the theocracy.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
But seriously, is any conceivable sort of theocracy a desirable ideal?
"God and Mr. Wells" by William Archer
The result of this theory is the institution of a pure theocracy.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
In a theocracy, piety and patriotism were one.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
First theocracy and legends, i.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
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In news:

The superb new Iranian drama A Separation looks at family life in a theocracy.
Iran move to defrock dissident ayatollah opens rifts in theocracy.
Turkey, the Headscarf , and Secularism Some Turks fear a drift toward theocracy.
Avraham Berg, former speaker of the Israeli parliament, laments that Israel is falling into theocracy where citizenship depends on belonging to the right synagogue and excluding everyone else.
Frances Keating Kansas City Theocracy of Kansas I had a dream that Kansas became the first theocratic state in the union.
Right up with the Muslims and their goals as well THEOCRACY .
Secular Egyptians Fear Theocracy By New Parliament.
Memo to the Texas State Board of Education: America isn't a theocracy .
Iran move to defrock dissident ayatollah opens rifts in theocracy .
Cleric Wields Religion to Challenge Iran's Theocracy .
Theocracy in the Desert A history of the Mormon Church, in the US and around the world.
Alaska's radical Republicans serve oil and theocracy - and think you should too.
Establishment of theocracy in Iran facilitated by disoriented democratic leaders.
If nothing else, this election campaign has given us a look at what theocracy could bring to Minnesota.
Under the caked muck of theocracy in today's Iran, ancient and lovely literary springs still bubble.
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