theocracy

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

theo- +‎ -cracy, originally from Ancient Greek θεοκρατία (theokratia, rule of (a) God), a term coined in the 1st century by Josephus (Against Apion 2.17) in reference to the kingdom of Israel. Attested in English from the 1630s, first by John Donne in a 1631 sermon: The Jews were onely under a Theocratie, an immediate government of God.

Pronunciation[edit]

Homophone: theocrasy

Noun[edit]

theocracy (plural theocracies)

  1. Government under the control of a state-sponsored religion.
  2. Rule by a god.

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