American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Government by women.
- n. A society ruled by women.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Government by a woman or by women; female power or rule.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Government by a woman, female power; gyneocracy.
- n. a political system governed by a woman
- Neologism, no etymology, but constructed from Greek gune, -aikos (γυνή, -αικος) 'woman' and kratos (κράτος) 'power'. Disambiguates usage of matriarchy: gynecocracy refers to societies ruled by women, distinct from matrilineal bequeathing of property and matrilocal residence of brides. (Wiktionary)
- Greek gunaikokratiā : gunaiko-, gyneco- + -kratiā, -cracy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He loved to talk to her about pornographic acts: sex with prepubescent girls and animals; nightmarish sadism; masochism; gynecocracy; enema torture.”
“On broad lines, then, we have among the Germans the following phases: vestiges of gynecocracy; equal rights; androcracy; commencement of equality.”
“That is why the translators have seldom used the terms matriarchy and patriarchy; and for this and other reasons they have passed over Bachofen's terms "androcracy" and "gynecocracy" in favour of Anglo-Saxon equivalents with somewhat different implications.”
“The explanations that have hitherto been offered to account for the transition from gynecocracy to androcracy have invariably been biased by the ideology of the extant Men's State.”
“Reitzenstein says that in Khyria gynecocracy was associated with matriarchy, so that here the chief priestess was at the same time the supreme political authority.”
“By the time of Aristophanes, the remembrance that women had once held sway in Athens was so utterly extinct that the dramatist assures us in his Ecclesiazusoe, (The Parliament of Women) that gynecocracy was the only "cracy" which Athens had never known.”
“Androcracy no less than gynecocracy has graven the furrows of care on the brow of mankind.”
“Thus there was an oscillation from androcracy to gynecocracy and back to androcracy again.”
“If we are to credit the account given by Nymphodorus, at the outset of the historical epoch men were dominant in Egypt, for he tells us that in that land the introduction of gynecocracy was attributed to King Sesostris.”
“Descent in the female line, not uncommonly found among primitive peoples, undoubtedly tended to place women in a position of great influence; but it by no means necessarily involved any gynecocracy, or rule of women, and such rule is merely a hypothesis which by some enthusiasts has been carried to absurd lengths.”
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denoting a form of government or rule
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of or relating to women
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