plutocracy


plutocracy
/plooh tok"reuh see/, n., pl. plutocracies.
1. the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy.
2. a government or state in which the wealthy class rules.
3. a class or group ruling, or exercising power or influence, by virtue of its wealth.
[1645-55; < Gk ploutokratía, equiv. to ploûto(s) wealth + -kratia -CRACY]

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