-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
A description of mob rule or government by the multitude.
ochlotheocracy (s) (noun), ochlotheocracies (pl)
The rule of a "mob" or crowd of gods.
A form of government where power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society as distinguished by royalty, wealth, family, military, or influence.

Primarily in the United States, a small clique of private citizens who exert a strong influence on a government.

pantisocracy (s) (noun), pantisocracies (pl)
A form of social organization in which all of the people are equal in rank and social position.
pantisocratist (s) (noun), pantisocratists (pl)
A supporter of belief that everyone is equally a member of the government.
1. A system in which power is held by the printed media, i.e. by newspapers, magazines, literature, etc.
2. Government by paper, i.e. by newspapers or other printed media.
The rule by children or under the control of children.
pedantocracy (s) (noun), pedantocracies (pl)
The government that requires full details when administering issues in the laws that have been passed.
pedocracy (s) (noun), pedocracies (pl)
Government that is run by or consists of children.
1. A government that does not interfere with the operation of supposed natural laws.
2. Government according to natural laws or principles.
A ruling class made up of people of one skin-color (usually white); a country or state with such a ruling class.
plutocracy (s) (noun), plutocracies (pl)
1. The rule or sovereign power of a country by those who are wealthy: "The governing plutocracy never bothered with elections because they didn't want to upset the status quo."
2. A ruling or controlling and influential class of wealthy people: "Plutocracy consists of the overall influence of the affluent to affect people or events in social and economic affairs."

"James told his business friends, 'If it could be proven that plutocracy is likely to improve the country's standard of living, then I would strive to be a plutocrat.' "

plutocratic (adjective), more plutocratic, most plutocratic
1. A reference to the rule or sovereign power of wealth or of the wealthy: "The courts were challenging the plutocratic structure of the government that only allowed the rich people to run for political offices in the elections."
2. A descriptive word which applies to any control by an influential class of wealthy people: "The plutocratic power of the owners of the factory was being challenged by the unions and the workers."

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-.