from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ruling class formed of plantation owners.
  • n. Leadership or government by this class.

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  • n. Government by planters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Government by planters; planters, collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Government by planters.
  • n. Planters collectively.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

plant(ation) + -cracy.


  • We had no history of the so-called "plantocracy" that was present in other Caribbean Islands and racial discrimination has thankfully been largely unknown in modern times.

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  • However, Ubico undermined his US support by resisting US calls to deport German nationals -- much of the coffee plantocracy was of German descent.

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  • He is finally supported by the poor, the disenfranchised, all black people who will vouch for this old white man, descendant of the plantocracy of Jamaica.

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  • And is it not still more extraordinary that a man will overlook the rights of Bosnians, Kosovars, and Kurds and yet assert the self-determination principle on behalf of the Southern plantocracy?

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  • We thus see that the irritation and rancour seething in the breast of the new plantocracy, of whom the majority was of the type that then also flourished in Barbados, Jamaica, and Demerara, were nourished and kept acute in order to crush the African element.

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  • I suppose it gives a sense of gritty realism, and it contrasts the physical, bodily duties of the slaves with the luxurious lifestyle of the so-called white plantocracy - but as a stylistic trait, this insistence on bodily functions is too monotonous.

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  • West Indies cricket has become out of place in a world where even the original old thinkers have abandoned the habits of the plantocracy that we still embrace.

  • Back then, it was said that Way Pen church was for the rich plantocracy, while the less-fortunate worshipped at the local church in Mile Gully.

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