-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
thalassocracy, thalassocraty (s) (noun); thalassocracies; thalassocraties (pl)
1. Mastery or command of the sea: In the book, Chuck read about thalassocracy and sea adventures, the big ships of the ocean that won absolute maritime rule over great areas of the large open waters.
2. The sovereignty of the sea: England's thalassocracy was chiefly responsible for her once huge empire.
thalattocracy, thalattocraty (s) (noun); thalattocracies; thalattocraties (pl)
1. Naval or commercial supremacy over a large area of the sea: The rare term thalattocracy was used in Norman's book about certain nations dominating the use of various oceans of the world.
2. Maritime supremacy: Certain big and important countries thought that they could control the world by the method of thalattocracy and rule the seas and possess mastery over the oceans.
theocracy (s) (noun), theocracies (pl)
1. A government made up of people (priests or other clergy) who claim to represent God: The Buddhist theocracy existed in Tibet by the Dalai Lama before it was taken over by the Chinese.
2. 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.
3. A priestly order or religious body exercising political or civil power: Vatican City has a government called a theocracy 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. A divine or deified ruler in a government; a sacred king: A theocrat can be a sovereign high priest in the administration of a country or nation.
2. A person who approves or, or prefers theocracy: In the book Audrey read, the theocrat, a believer of theocracy, supported the government without any scruples or reluctance..
theodemocracy (s) (noun), theodemocracies (pl)
A political system under divine, or religious, administration or rule: Theodemocracy was put forward or proposed by Joseph Smith, who was the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.

Smith coined the term when he was running for President of the U.S. in 1844.

timocracy (s) (noun), timocracies (pl)
1. In Platonism, a state in which a love of honor and glory is the guiding principle of the rulers: Military glory and the desire of power are two attributes of timocracy along with the love of honor.
2. In Aristotelianism, a state in which the ownership of property is a qualification for office: Timocracy is a kind of government whereby civic honor or political power expands with the quantity of property an individual possesses.
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.
xenocracy (s) (noun), xenocracies (pl)
A ruling body of foreigners: In the story, Naomi read about a group of people from different nations arriving at an island by boat and who thought that they needed to set up some kind of government called xenocracy in which one person was chosen from each nation to establish the guidelines they needed for living in peace with each other.

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-.