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

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

Good laws derive from evil habits.


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

—Jeremy Thorpe
cosmocratic (adjective), more cosmocratic, most cosmocratic
1. A reference to a prince, or a ruler of the world: When Tom was a youngster, he thought he'd like to become a cosmocratic leader and loved by everyone!.
2. Pertaining to a prosperous business school graduate who benefits from globalization and living a global lifestyle: Mr. World was a cosmocratic man who profited from the booming growth of worldwide investments and lived accordingly.
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.
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: Mary grew up in California, U.S.A., and enjoyed the life of a democrat being free to express her ideas and desires.
2. A member of the Democratic party, a political party in the U.S.: Some important democrats in America are Joe Biden, Hillary and Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

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: Jack learned in school that being a democratic person was very worthwhile and had many positive aspects, including being able to articulate one's own opinion.
2. Name of the political party originally called Anti-Federal and afterwards Democratic-Republican: The democratic faction initially favored a strict interpretation of the Constitution with regard to the powers of the general government and of the individual States, and the least possible interference with local and individual liberty. Since 1854I, it is in opposition to the Republican party, formerly called Federals and Whigs.
demonocracy (s) (noun), demonocracies (pl)
1. The rule of demons that 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.
demonocratism (s) (noun) (no pl)
A principle or system of a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people: A demonocratism includes the practise of the people exercising the governments power 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 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.
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)
The government of a national area which is 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.
ethnarch (s) (noun), ethnarchs (pl)
A governor of a nation or people; a ruler over a province: An ethnarch can be a leader of an ethnic group of people, like a Jewish or an Eastern Orthodox leader, who has political and spiritual authority.
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.
ethnocracy (s) (noun), ethnocracies (pl)
A form of government by a particular racial element of a country; race rule: Ethnocracies consist of particular ethnic groups that have disproportionate amounts of government power.

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-.