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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Government by a small group of rich people.

Usage examples (43)
  • The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
  • One of his cardinal convictions was that Britain was not run as a democracy but as an oligarchy
  • The big cities were notoriously in the hands of the oligarchy of local businessmen
  • The word oligarchy is from the Greek words for "few" and "rule". for more
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