-crat, -cracy, -cratic, -cratism, -cratically, -cracies

(Greek: a suffix; to govern, to rule; government, strength, power, might, authority)

Good laws derive from evil habits.

—Macrobius

Two characteristics of government are that it cannot do anything quickly, and that it never knows when to quit.

—Jeremy Thorpe
cosmocrat (s) (noun), cosmocrats (pl)
1. A ruler of the world or a prince of this earth.
2. A government by corporate bureaucrats.
cosmocratic (adjective), more cosmocratic, most cosmocratic
1. A reference to a prince, or a ruler, of a country.
2. Characterized by a prosperous business school graduate who benefits from globalization and living a global lifestyle.
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.
democrat (s) (noun), democrats (pl)
1. Someone who believes that his country has political leaders of a system of government and works in their favor.
2. A member of the Democratic party, a political party in the U.S.

The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.

—Franklin P. Adams (1881-1960), American journalist
democratic (adjective), more democratic, most democratic
1. Of the nature of, or characterized by, democracy; advocating or upholding democracy.
2. Name of the political party originally called Anti-Federal and afterwards Democratic-Republican, initially favoring strict interpretation of the Constitution with regard to the powers of the general government and of individual States, and the least possible interference with local and individual liberty; in opposition to the party now (since 1854) called Republican (formerly called Federals and Whigs).
3. Pertaining to, or referring to, the Democratic party of the United States.
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.
demonocratism (s) (noun) (no plural)
A principle or system of a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.
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.
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.
ergotocracy (s) (noun), ergotocracies (pl)
National areas which are controlled by workers or those who are in the working classes.
ethnarch (s) (noun), ethnarchs (pl)
A governor of a nation or people; a ruler over a province.
ethnarchy (s) (noun), ethnarchies (pl)
The dominion of a country or state by a leader of a province or division of an intermediate level between a municipality and a region: The ethnarchy is a political unit that is of insufficient size to be considered a kingdom or nation.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "master, lead, leading, ruler, ruling, govern": -agogic; agon-; arch-; dom-; gov-; magist-; poten-; regi-; tyran-.