What does autocracy mean?

Definitions for autocracy
ɔˈtɒk rə siau·toc·ra·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. autocracy, autarchynoun

    a political system governed by a single individual

  2. autocracynoun

    a political theory favoring unlimited authority by a single individual


  1. autocracynoun

    A form of government in which unlimited power is held by a single individual.

  2. Etymology: from αὐτοκρατής, from αὐτός + κράτος.


  1. Autocracy

    Autocracy is a system of government in which absolute power over a state is concentrated in the hands of one person, whose decisions are subject neither to external legal restraints nor to regularized mechanisms of popular control (except perhaps for the implicit threat of a coup d'état or other forms of rebellion).In earlier times, the term autocrat was coined as a favorable description of a ruler, having some connection to the concept of "lack of conflicts of interests" as well as an indication of grandeur and power. This use of the term continued into modern times, as the Russian emperor was styled "Autocrat of all the Russias" as late as the early 20th century. In the 19th century, Eastern and Central Europe were under autocratic monarchies within the territories of which lived diverse peoples. Autocracy is the most common and durable regime type since the emergence of the state.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Autocracynoun

    independent or self-derived power; absolute or controlling authority; supremacy

  2. Autocracynoun

    supreme, uncontrolled, unlimited authority, or right of governing in a single person, as of an autocrat

  3. Autocracynoun

    political independence or absolute sovereignty (of a state); autonomy

  4. Autocracynoun

    the action of the vital principle, or of the instinctive powers, toward the preservation of the individual; also, the vital principle

  5. Etymology: [Gr. : cf. F. autocratie. See Autocrat.]


  1. Autocracy

    An autocracy is a system of government in which a supreme power is concentrated in the hands of one person, whose decisions are subject to neither external legal restraints nor regularized mechanisms of popular control.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of autocracy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of autocracy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of autocracy in a Sentence

  1. Hakeem Jeffries:

    President Zelenskyy and the people of Ukraine been brave and courageous, and they are engaged in leading the struggle between democracy and autocracy, between freedom and tyranny, between truth and propaganda.

  2. Art Spiegelman:

    It has the breath of autocracy and fascism about it.

  3. Perth Tolle:

    Investors have underestimated autocracy risk.

  4. Joseph Schumpeter:

    It is not true that democracy will always safeguard freedom of conscience better than autocracy. Witness the most famous of all trials. Pilate was, from the standpoint of the Jews, certainly the representative of autocracy. Yet he tried to protect freedom. And he yielded to a democracy.

  5. Chuck Schumer:

    Reports of the CIA’s conclusion that Russia actively sought to help elect Donald Trump are simultaneously stunning and not surprising, given Russia’s disdain for democracy and admiration for autocracy, senate Democrats will join with our Republican colleagues next year to demand a congressional investigation and hearings to get to the bottom of this.

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