oligarchy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French oligarchie, from Latin oligarchia, from Ancient Greek ὀλιγαρχία ‎(oligarkhía), from ὀλίγος ‎(olígos, few) + ἀρχή ‎(arkhḗ, rule). Surface analysis olig- +‎ -archy.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒlɪɡɑːki/
  • (US) enPR: älʹĭ-gär'kē, ōlʹĭ-gär'kē, IPA(key): /ˈɑːlɪˌɡɑrki/, /ˈoʊlɪˌɡɑrki/
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Noun[edit]

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oligarchy ‎(plural oligarchies)

  1. A government run by only a few, often the wealthy.
    • 2016 January 17, "Wealthy cabals run America," Al Jazeera America (retrieved 18 January 2016):
      The Itasca Project is just one example of existing oligarchy, and a surprisingly open one at that.
  2. Those who make up an oligarchic government.
  3. A state ruled by such a government.

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