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Definitions of Theocracy

(noun) An authority, typically a government, ruled by or subject to a deity or its representative officials who are viewed as divinely guided.

Theocracy Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: the·oc·ra·cy

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /thee-AH-kruh-see/
  • British English – /thi-O-kruh-see/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /θiˈɑkrəsi/
  • British English – /θiːˈɒkrəsi/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: theocracies
  • A theocracy often has an ecclesia.
  • Also called a thearchy.
  • A (noun) theocrat (adverb) theocratically participates in a (adjective) theocratic or (adjective) theocratical government.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Theocracy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “theocracy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 29, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/theocracy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

theocracy. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/theocracy/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “theocracy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 29, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/theocracy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“theocracy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 29 May. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/theocracy/>.