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- n. An autocrat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who governs alone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who governs alone; an autocrat.
- n. In United States history, a name often applied by opponents to a member of the Federalist party, to which monarchical tendencies were imputed.
While John Marshall found him "a sensible, plain, candid, good-tempered man," Jefferson could see in him nothing but a "monocrat" and "Anglo-man."
Republican was no better than a democrat, a Jacobin, a revolutionary incendiary; and the Federalist no better than a monocrat and a Tory.
What would they have said to the proposal to create a monocrat _ad hoc_, an official permanently endowed by virtue of his office with the function of king-maker?
All the old spirit of 1776, rekindling the newspapers from Boston to Charleston, proves this; and even the monocrat papers are obliged to publish the most furious philippics against England.
They see that nothing can support them but the colossus of the President's merits with the people, and the moment he retires, that his successor, if a monocrat, will be overborne by the republican sense of his constituents; if a republican, he will of course give fair play to that sense, and lead things into the channel of harmony between the governors and governed.
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