gynecocracy

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Etymology[edit]

Neologism, no etymology, but constructed from Greek gune, -aikos (γυνή, -αικος) 'woman' and kratos (κράτος) 'power'. Disambiguates usage of matriarchy: gynecocracy refers to societies ruled by women, distinct from matrilineal bequeathing of property and matrilocal residence of brides.

Noun[edit]

gynecocracy (plural gynecocracies)

  1. A society ruled by women.