Definitions for Plutocracypluˈtɒk rə si
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
plu•toc•ra•cypluˈtɒk rə si(n.)(pl.)-cies.
the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy.
a government or state in which the wealthy class rules.
a class or group exercising power by virtue of its wealth.
Origin of plutocracy:
1645–55; < Gk ploutokratía=ploûto(s) wealth +-kratia -cracy
a political system governed by the wealthy people
Government by the wealthy.
A controlling class of the wealthy.
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
Plutocracy, also known as plutonomy or plutarchy, is rule by the wealthy. Its first known use was in 1652. Unlike systems such as democracy or anarchism, plutocracy is not rooted in an established political philosophy and has no formal advocates. The concept of plutocracy may be advocated by the wealthy classes of a society in an indirect or surreptitious fashion, though the term itself is almost always used in a pejorative sense.
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