Definitions for: Theocracy


[n] the belief in government by divine guidance
[n] a political unit governed by a deity (or by officials thought to be divinely guided)



Webster (1913) Definition: The*oc"ra*cy, n. [Gr. ?; ? God + ? to be strong, to
rule, fr. ? strength: cf. F. th['e]ocratie. See Theism, and
cf. Democracy.]
1. Government of a state by the immediate direction or
administration of God; hence, the exercise of political
authority by priests as representing the Deity.

2. The state thus governed, as the Hebrew commonwealth before
it became a kingdom.

See Also: church-state, form of government, ideology, political orientation, political system, political theory

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