noun. ['ˈɑːləˌgɑːrki'] a political system governed by a few people.
- form of government
- oligarchie (French)
- oligarchia (Latin)
Words that Rhyme with Oligarchy
Example sentences of the word oligarchy
1. Noun, singular or mass
Aristocracy is different from oligarchy.
Aristotle held that, among others, two perversions of government were oligarchy and democracy.
Quotes containing the word oligarchy
1. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.
- G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
2. The real power in America is held by a fast-emerging new Oligarchy of pimps and preachers who see no need for Democracy or fairness or even trees, except maybe the ones in their own yards, and they don't mind admitting it. They worship money and power and death. Their ideal solution to all the nation's problems would be another 100 Year War.
- Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century