Plutocracy Plu*toc"ra*cy, n. [Gr. ?; ? wealth + ? to be strong, to rule, fr.? strength: cf. F. plutocratie.] 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. [1913 Webster]

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  • plutocracy — n. Government by the wealthy; a group of wealthy people who control the government. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • plutocracy — (n.) 1650s, from Gk. ploutokratia rule or power of the wealthy or of wealth, from ploutos wealth (see PLUTO (Cf. Pluto)) + kratia rule, from kratos rule, power …   Etymology dictionary

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  • plutocracy — ► NOUN (pl. plutocracies) 1) government by the wealthy. 2) a society governed by the wealthy. 3) an elite or ruling class whose power derives from their wealth. DERIVATIVES plutocratic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek ploutos wealth + krat …   English terms dictionary

  • plutocracy — [plo͞o täk′rə sē] n. pl. plutocracies [Gr ploutokratia < ploutos, wealth, akin to plein, to float, swim (< IE base * pel > FULL1) + kratein, to rule] 1. government by the wealthy 2. a group of wealthy people who control or influence a… …   English World dictionary

  • plutocracy — [[t]pluːtɒ̱krəsi[/t]] plutocracies N COUNT A plutocracy is a country which is ruled by its wealthiest people, or a class of wealthy people who rule a country. [FORMAL] Financial, not moral, considerations will prevail in a plutocracy …   English dictionary

  • plutocracy — UK [pluːˈtɒkrəsɪ] / US [pluˈtɑkrəsɪ] noun Word forms plutocracy : singular plutocracy plural plutocracies [countable] a country governed by a group of rich people a) [countable] a group of rich people who govern a country b) [uncountable] the… …   English dictionary

  • plutocracy — noun (plural cies) Etymology: Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; akin to Greek plein to sail, float more at flow Date: 1652 1. government by the wealthy 2. a controlling class of the wealthy • plutocrat noun • plutocratic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • plutocracy — /plooh tok reuh see/, n., pl. plutocracies. 1. the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy. 2. a government or state in which the wealthy class rules. 3. a class or group ruling, or exercising power or influence, by virtue of its wealth. [1645… …   Universalium

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