theocracy

2 definitions found

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

Theocracy \The*oc"ra*cy\, noun [Gr. ?; ? God + ? to be strong, to rule, fr. ? strength: cf. F. th['e]ocratie. See {Theism}, and cf. {Democracy}.]

1. Government of a state by the immediate direction or administration of God; hence, the exercise of political authority by priests as representing the Deity.

2. The state thus governed, as the Hebrew commonwealth before it became a kingdom.

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

theocracy

noun

1: a political unit governed by a deity (or by officials thought to be divinely guided)

2: the belief in government by divine guidance


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