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autocracy

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Autocracy \Au*toc"ra*cy\, noun; pl. {Autocracies}. [Gr. ?: cf. F. autocratie. See {Autocrat}.]

1. Independent or self-derived power; absolute or controlling authority; supremacy.

The divine will moves, not by the external impulse or inclination of objects, but determines itself by an absolute autocracy. --South.

2. Supreme, uncontrolled, unlimited authority, or right of governing in a single person, as of an autocrat.

3. Political independence or absolute sovereignty (of a state); autonomy. --Barlow.

4. (Med.) The action of the vital principle, or of the instinctive powers, toward the preservation of the individual; also, the vital principle. [In this sense, written also {autocrasy}.] --Dunglison.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

autocracy

noun

1: a political system governed by a single individual [syn: {autocracy}, {autarchy}]

2: a political theory favoring unlimited authority by a single individual


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