Definition of phallocracy in US English:


nounPlural phallocracies

  • A society or system which is dominated by men and in which the male sex is thought superior.

    • ‘It is worth checking out Eva Keuls' work on female ritual resistance to the phallocracy back in Ancient Greece.’
    • ‘Dealing with the end of the Periclean age, specifically in and around 415 BCE, Keuls charts the 'phallocracy' underlying Athenian society.’
    • ‘Feminists imply that due to phallocracy rape was never seriously punished before they began to intervene.’


1970s: from Greek phallos ‘phallus’ + -cracy.