oligarchy
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɒlɪˌɡɑːki/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɑːlɪˌɡɑɹki/, /ˈoʊlɪˌɡɑɹki/
Noun

oligarchy (plural oligarchies)

  1. A government run by only a few, often the wealthy.
    • 2016 January 17, "Wealthy cabals run America ↗," Al Jazeera America (retrieved 18 January 2016):
      The Itasca Project is just one example of existing oligarchy, and a surprisingly open one at that.
  2. Those who make up an oligarchic government.
  3. A state ruled by such a government.
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