American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Government by a single person having unlimited power; despotism.
- n. A country or state that is governed by a single person with unlimited power.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The power of determining one's own actions; independent or self-derived power; self-government; self-rule.
- n. Uncontrolled or unlimited authority over others, invested in a single person; the government or power of an absolute monarch.
- n. In medicine, action of the vital powers toward the preservation of the individual. Synonyms Tyranny, Absolutism, etc. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Independent or self-derived power; absolute or controlling authority; supremacy.
- n. Supreme, uncontrolled, unlimited authority, or right of governing in a single person, as of an autocrat.
- n. Political independence or absolute sovereignty (of a state); autonomy.
- n. (Med.) The action of the vital principle, or of the instinctive powers, toward the preservation of the individual; also, the vital principle.
- n. a political theory favoring unlimited authority by a single individual
- n. a political system governed by a single individual
- auto- + -cracy, from Ancient Greek αὐτοκρατής (autokrates, "one who governs alone"), from αὐτός (autos, "single, self, same, alone") + κράτος (kratos, "power"). (Wiktionary)
“It might be called "autocracy" in the world of nation-building, and in business it might be called "large market share," but however it's defined, organizations in The Big Rut typically have supra-normal control of their competitive environment.”
“Lets not go totalitarian, but a moderate autocracy is ok, so that people have some skin in the game.”
“The system of one-party autocracy is so entrenched that the officials can be as corrupt as they want and in turn it creates a top down pyramid of corruption in China.”
“Hence Russian autocracy is forced into repeated wars for the possession of Constantinople which, in the present condition of the”
“What democracy shall mean to our sons and daughters and to their successors will be determined first in the great battle now raging, in which Prussian autocracy is to be defeated and finally driven from power, and second in the success or failure of a federation of the democracies of the world following that battle.”
“The war also brings to us this disclosure, that the German autocracy is incapable of interpreting the British genius and understanding the true spirit of democracy.”
“He recognised in German autocracy and in German militarism and in German ambition a menace to the liberties of Europe.”
“The theory of autocracy is that power originated at the top; a mythical being known as "Gott" delegated to some favorite, who may be a wise man or a fool-it is about fifty-fifty in history-delegated to this favorite autocratic power, and this gentlemen spreads his power out upon a chosen few, and he and his associates rest squarely upon the masses of men, exploiting the mass of men for and in the interest of the few.”
“That an organ of NEOconservative opinion would tout Bush’s moves toward torture and autocracy is just a dog-bites-man story. xmzwvcripq Says:”
“In fact, the high salaries were partially intended to secure the producers 'autocracy, that is, to sooth the itch for artistic autonomy with the balm of wealth.”
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