Definitions

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  • noun A government that still operates under the rules of a former, dead leader.

Etymologies

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From necro- (“death”) +‎ -cracy (“power, rule”)

Examples

  • Monsignor talked of unexplainable love, while Hitchens compared Jesus to Kim Jong Il, whose deceased father is actually still the official ruler of North Korea, making it a necrocracy.

    Does Science Make God Obselete?

  • Monsignor talked of unexplainable love, while Hitchens compared Jesus to Kim Jong Il, whose deceased father is actually still the official ruler of North Korea, making it a necrocracy.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • North Korea, as Christopher Hitchens puts it, is a necrocracy (government by the dead).

    Atanu Dey on India's Development

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