autocracy

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From auto- +‎ -cracy, from Ancient Greek αὐτοκρατία (autokratía, A system of government by one person with absolute power.), from αὐτός (autós, single, self, same, alone) + κράτος (krátos, power) + -ία (-ía, feminine abstract nouns suffix); see also Ancient Greek αὐτοκρατής (autokratḗs, one who governs alone)

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autocracy (countable and uncountable, plural autocracies)

  1. (uncountable) A form of government in which unlimited power is held by a single individual.
  2. (countable) An instance of this government.

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