Definitions for: Autocracy


[n] a political theory favoring unlimited authority by a single individual
[n] a political system governed by a single individual



Webster (1913) Definition: Au*toc"ra*cy, n.; pl. Autocracies. [Gr. ?: cf. F.
autocratie. See Autocrat.]
1. Independent or self-derived power; absolute or controlling
authority; supremacy.

The divine will moves, not by the external impulse
or inclination of objects, but determines itself by
an absolute autocracy. --South.

2. Supreme, uncontrolled, unlimited authority, or right of
governing in a single person, as of an autocrat.

3. Political independence or absolute sovereignty (of a
state); autonomy. --Barlow.

4. (Med.) The action of the vital principle, or of the
instinctive powers, toward the preservation of the
individual; also, the vital principle. [In this sense,
written also autocrasy.] --Dunglison.

Synonyms: autarchy

Antonyms: commonwealth, democracy, republic

See Also: absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, diarchy, dictatorship, dyarchy, form of government, ideology, Machiavellianism, monarchy, monocracy, one-man rule, political orientation, political system, political theory, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny

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