Meaning of -CRACY in English


-ocracy /ɒkrəsi $ ɑːk-/ AmE ( also -cracy ) suffix [in nouns]

[ Language: Old French ; Origin: -cracie , from Late Latin -cratia , from Greek , from kratos 'strength, power' ]

government by a particular sort of people or according to a particular principle:

democracy (=government by the people)

meritocracy (=government by people with the most ability)

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