-acy, -cy

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

cenocracy (s) (noun), cenocracies (pl)
A new government that makes laws, rules, regulations, collects taxes, and prints money: There often are newly organized legislatures or cenocracies which are created by citizens in many countries.
cheirocracy, chirocracy (s) (noun); cheirocracies, chirocracies (pl)
Governments or countries that rule with "strong hands" or by physical force: There are some people who maintain that certain countries have always been cheirocracies or chirocracies.

Some people maintain that China has always been a chirocracy; if this is true, there are also many other countries that fit this description.

Examples of additional nations that practice cheirocracy include North Korea, some Arabic countries, and even President Trump of the U.S.A. who restricts immigrants coming in from Mexico with military forces.

chromatocracy (s) (http://getwords.com/unit/188/ip:1/il:G">noun), chromatocracies (pl)
1. A government of a nation by a single race.
2. A ruling class of a particular skin color; for example, of white people, black people, oriental people, etc.
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.
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.
3. A country with a government which has been elected freely and equally by all of its citizens.
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 easily express their ideas and desires.
demonocracy (s) (noun), demonocracies (pl)
1. The rule of demons who are causing troubles and bad experiences for its citizens.
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: President Donald Trump is 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 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 are some people who are convinced that this current U.S. administration is a diabolocracy which is administered by 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.
Effeminate quality; unmanly weakness, softness, or delicacy.
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)
Governments that are dominated or controlled by workers or members of the working classes.
ergatocratic (adjective), more ergatocratic, most ergatocratic
A reference to governments which are controlled by classes of workers.