Word of the Day: Plutocracy

plu·toc·ra·cy

 noun \plü-ˈtä-krə-sē\

: government by the richest people

: a country that is ruled by the richest people

: a group of very rich people who have a lot of power

plural plu·toc·ra·cies
 
Full Definition of PLUTOCRACY
1:  government by the wealthy
2:  a controlling class of the wealthy
— plu·to·crat  noun
— plu·to·crat·ic  adjective
— plu·to·crat·i·cal·ly  adverb

Examples of PLUTOCRACY

  1. If only the wealthy can afford to run for public office, are we more a plutocracy than a democracy?
  2. corporate greed and America’s growing plutocracy

Origin of PLUTOCRACY

Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; akin to Greek pleinto sail, float — more at flow

First Known Use: 1652

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