autocracy

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auto- +‎ -cracy, from Ancient Greek αὐτοκρατής ‎(autokratḗs, one who governs alone), from αὐτός ‎(autós, single, self, same, alone) + κράτος ‎(krátos, power).

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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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