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(Latin: suffix; state, quality, condition, or act of; forming nouns)

chromatocracy (s) (noun), chromatocracies (pl)
A government of a nation by a single race: Chromatocracy can be explained as being a ruling class of a particular skin color, for example of white people, black people, or oriental people.
chrysocracy (s) (noun), chrysocracies (pl)
Rule of the wealthy; a plutocracy: A chrysocracy is considered a governing power or ruling of a country by those who have the gold to back up their wealth and strong political influences.
Whoever has the gold makes the rules.
conspiracy (s) (noun), conspiracies (pl)
1. A secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act: The brothers were accused of being involved in a conspiracy to rob the local bank.

The assassination of Julius Caesar was the result of a conspiracy by approximately forty Roman senators led by Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus.

In order to obtain a lot of money, the two employees agreed to a conspiracy to defraud the bank of millions of dollars.
2. A secret plan, a plot, or an agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act, especially with a political objective: A group of students planned a conspiracy to get rid of the mayor of the local community because they considered him to be too corrupt.

An evil, unlawful, and treacherous or hidden plan.
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cosmocracy (s) (noun), cosmocracies (pl)
Government control, or rule, of the whole world. In the fantasy book Lois was reading, everybody agreed on having a cosmocracy, or global government, and a world with peace and without war.
critocracy (s) (noun), critocracies (pl)
1. A method of control or reign by judges: In the story Kitty was reading, the country had a type of governement called critocracy that was ruled by arbiters.
2. A system of dominance or rule by critics: The critocracy described in the library book was one which was run by analysts and censors.
democracy (s) (noun), democracies (pl)
1. A government by the people who vote for citizens either directly by them or by officers elected by them: In modern usage, a democracy is often more of a social state in which everyone has equal rights, without hereditary or arbitrary differences of rank or privilege.
2. The free and equal right of every person to participate in a system of government, often practiced by electing representatives by them: Norman's teacher at school taught the students that democracy was important in their country, and even in their school where all of the students could vote for their own student body president, for example.
3. A country with a government which has been elected freely and equally by all of its citizens: Most of the western countries of the world have decmocracies and the people living there are encouraged to vote for their representatives in the government.
4. The control of an organization by its members who have a free and equal right to participate in decision-making processes: The teacher of Jane's psychology class conducted his classroom like a democracy because his students were free to express their ideas and desires.
demonocracy (s) (noun), demonocracies (pl)
1. The rule of demons who cause trouble and bad experiences for its citizens: In Bob's fantasy book, the island was ruled by supernatural demons and this demonocracy was also known to be true in Hell.
2. The current form of government in the United States, as defined by the complete absence of debate of actual issues in favor of demonizing ones opponents: Former President Donald Trump was considered by some people to be leading a demonocracy with his behavior and public statements.
despotocracy (s) (noun), despotocracies (pl)
A government controlled by a ruler or despot: A despotocracy is administered by a dictator, or other person, who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way.
diabolocracy (s) (noun), diabolocracies (pl)
Any government ruled by a devil or devils: There were some people who were convinced that the former U.S. administration was a diabolocracy which was administered by former President Donald Trump.
dulocracy, doulocracy (s) (noun); dulocracies; doulocracies (pl)
A government by slaves or the rule of slaves: A dulocracy is said to have been a system where the predominance of servants or slaves had so much license and privilege that they domineered the areas where they existed.
effeminacy (s) (noun), effeminacies (pl)
Effeminate quality; unmanly weakness, softness, or delicacy; The new colleague didn't show the normal mannerisms of a gay man, like overstated effeminacy and showiness.
efficacy (s) (noun), efficacies (pl)
An ability to produce an intended or desired result: The vaccine that the doctor recommended had the efficacy of being safe and effective in healing Mike's illness.
The power to get the intended result.
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The influence of information to get the intended action.
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ergatocracy (s) (noun), ergatocracies (pl)
A government that is dominated or controlled by workers or members of the working classes: In class, Amanda's teacher was talking about ergatocracy and asked the students if it might be a good alternative to the present system of government.
ergatocratic (adjective), more ergatocratic, most ergatocratic
A reference to a government which is controlled by classes of workers: In one country there seemed to be an ergatocratic movement supported by the laboring classes to form their own administration.
ergotocracy (s) (noun), ergotocracies (pl)
National areas which are controlled by workers or those who are in the working classes: Mr. Smart asked his students if there were some federal regions that were regulated by laborers, or where the laborers determined the laws themselves.