oligarchy ol‧i‧gar‧chy [ˈɒlgɑːki ǁ ˈɑːlgɑːrki, ˈoʊ-] noun oligarchies PLURALFORM
1. [uncountable] when a country is ruled or controlled by a small group of people, usually from the same social class:

• Oligarchy took over from democracy.

2. [countable] a country, organization, industry etc controlled by a small group of people, or the group who control it:

• The industry is dominated by an oligarchy of three oil companies.

— oligarch noun [countable] :

• the changing alliances of Russia's corporate oligarchs

— oligarchic also oligarchical adjective :

• the dominance of a small oligarchical group of businessmen

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Oligarchic — Ol i*gar chic, Oligarchical Ol i*gar chic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. oligarchique. See {Oligarchy}.] Of or pertaining to oligarchy, or government by a few. Oligarchical exiles. Jowett (Thucyd.). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oligarchic — (adj.) 1640s, from Gk. oligarkhikos, from oligarkhos, related to oligarkhia (see OLIGARCHY (Cf. oligarchy)). Related: Oligarchical …   Etymology dictionary

  • oligarchic — [adj] governed by small group cabalistic, cliquey*, elite, exclusive, select; concepts 554,568 …   New thesaurus

  • oligarchic — oligarchy ► NOUN (pl. oligarchies) 1) a small group of people having control of a state. 2) a state governed by such a group. DERIVATIVES oligarchic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek oligoi few + arkhein to rule …   English terms dictionary

  • oligarchic — or oligarchical adjective Date: 1586 of, relating to, or based on an oligarchy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oligarchic — oligarchically, adv. /ol i gahr kik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or having the form of an oligarchy. Also, oligarchical. [1640 50; < Gk oligarchikós, equiv. to oligarch(ía) OLIGARCHY + ikos IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • oligarchic — adjective of or pertaining to oligarchy …   Wiktionary

  • oligarchic — É‘lɪ gÉ‘rkɪk / É’lɪ gɑːk adj. of an oligarchy, of government by the few, pertaining to government by the elite …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oligarchic — ol·i·gar·chic …   English syllables

  • oligarchic — See: oligarchy …   English dictionary

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