Definition of "autocracy" []

  • Government by a single person having unlimited power; despotism. (noun)
  • A country or state that is governed by a single person with unlimited power. (noun)

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Use "autocracy" in a sentence
  • "It might be called "autocracy" in the world of nation-building, and in business it might be called "large market share," but however it's defined, organizations in The Big Rut typically have supra-normal control of their competitive environment."
  • "Lets not go totalitarian, but a moderate autocracy is ok, so that people have some skin in the game."
  • "The system of one-party autocracy is so entrenched that the officials can be as corrupt as they want and in turn it creates a top down pyramid of corruption in China."