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oligarchy

Definitions of Oligarchy

  1. (noun) A type of business or government in which a small elite group holds power; government by the few.
  2. (noun) Any group under oligarchic control.

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Usage Notes

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

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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “oligarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/oligarchy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

oligarchy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/oligarchy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “oligarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/oligarchy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“oligarchy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/oligarchy/>.