(noun) “[A] form of government in which power is held by a small, elite group” (OpenStax College 2012).

Audio Pronunciation: (ol·i·gar·chy)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: oligarchies
  • Variant form: oligarchie
  • An (noun) oligarch presides (adverb) oligarchically over an (adjective) oligarchic or (adjective) oligarchical government.

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OpenStax College. 2012. Forms of Government. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42914/1.2/).