-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
1. Mastery or command of the sea.
2. The sovereignty of the sea: "England's thalassocracy was chiefly responsible for her once-huge empire."
thalassocracy, thallassocraty; thalattocracy, thalattocraty
1. Naval or commercial supremacy over a large area of the sea or ocean.
2. Maritime supremacy; ruling the seas; the sovereignty of the seas; mastery at sea.
theocracy (s) (noun), theocracies (pl)
1. A government made up of people (priests or other clergy) who claim to represent God.
2. A government by a god or by priests.
3. A community governed usually by priests, according to some form of religious law: "A current example of a theocracy is Vatican City where it issues its own currency and postage stamps and has its own newspaper and broadcasting facilities."
4. A priestly order or religious body exercising political or civil power: "Vatican City has a government that is run by a lay governor and council; however, all of them are responsible to the pope who is the official administrator."
theocrat (s) (noun), theocrats (pl)
1. Someone who rules in a government as the representative of the deity; a divine or deified ruler.
2. Those who form governments in which priests rule in the name of God (or a god).
theodemocracy (s) (noun), theodemocracies (pl)
A democracy under divine, or religious, administration or rule.
1. In Platonism, a state in which a love of honor and glory is the guiding principle of the rulers.
2. In Aristotelianism, a state in which the ownership of property is a qualification for office.
tritheocracy (s) (noun), tritheocracies (pl)
A rule or government by three spirits; a group of three divine beings exercising joint rule: The astonished townspeople watched the three volcanoes erupt in the distance and believed it was the gods of the tritheocracy arguing and throwing fire and stones at each other.
A ruling body of foreigners.

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-.