from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ruling group of slaveholders or advocates of slavery, as in the southern United States before 1865.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The persons or interest representing slavery politically, or wielding political power for the preservation or advancement of slavery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The persons or interest formerly representing slavery politically, or wielding political power for the preservation or advancement of slavery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Slave-owners collectively, or their interests, influence, and power, especially as exercised in the maintenance of slavery.
slave + -o- + -cracy (Wiktionary)