One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Government by the wealthy.
- ‘In a word, aristocracy was displaced by plutocracy.’
- ‘It would replace democracy with plutocracy, letting the wealthy and big business make laws in their own interests.’
- ‘The danger is that plutocracy will prevail over democracy, that the free market will rule over the free citizen.’
- ‘What we're effectively seeing is the displacement of democratic representative government with something approaching plutocracy.’
- ‘Anti-immigrant hatred, urban violence, democracy subverted by plutocracy - these are not, the film shows, new developments.’
- 1.1 A country or society governed by the wealthy.
- ‘It appears we either have been transmuted to an obvious plutocracy - or worse, a fascist dictatorship.’
- ‘Today, more than ever, it resembles a plutocracy, a society governed by a handful of enormously wealthy individuals.’
- ‘It is a plutocracy, not a democracy.’
- ‘Under the guise of democracy, the island is a plutocracy - a political system governed by the wealthy people.’
- ‘No one, whatever their conception of justice, can accept public policies which turn a democracy into a plutocracy.’
- ‘Indeed, it does appear they are increasingly living in a plutocracy, and this is a factor that simply cannot be overlooked in the discussion of class polarization.’
- ‘They pointed out that a country ruled by the very wealthy is actually a plutocracy, not a democracy.’
- ‘Since when did the US become an official plutocracy?’
- ‘We are on the way to becoming a plutocracy.’
- ‘Since most people don't want to admit out loud that they live in a plutocracy, successful politicians have, until now, worked hard to keep up an illusion.’
- ‘Dark times are ahead because there is no republic anymore only a plutocracy.’
- ‘The country today is a plutocracy, a society run in the interests of billionaires and millionaires.’
- 1.2 An elite or ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth.
- ‘Politicians rail against the plutocracy and the baleful influence of ‘the top 1 percent.’’
- ‘Such policies threaten the interest of the plutocracy that runs this county and controls both the Democrats and Republicans.’
- ‘And as skeptical as I am of majority opinion right now, it's better than the unbridled greed of the plutocracy we've got at present.’
- ‘The outcome of this inevitable economic process was not government of, for and by the people, but of, for and by the new capitalist plutocracy.’
- ‘Class privilege has reached the point where the entire society is ruled by a plutocracy.’
- ‘The existing two-party system, whose personnel are utterly dependent on the financial support of the plutocracy, is thoroughly unrepresentative of the general population.’
- ‘A century ago the city was a playground for the New York plutocracy.’
- ‘Right now we have a small elite plutocracy and a whole lot of peasants - no wonder the current system is rotting from the inside. No free society can exist without a strong middle class.’
- ‘The new plutocracy wanted a recognizable artistic language that would ease their cultural insecurities and establish their legitimacy.’
- ‘The plutocracy presently in charge of these matters must become alert to the needs of all.’
- ‘For in reality France under Louis XVI was governed not by the nobility, but by a plutocracy in which the majority of nobles had no share.’
- ‘As you've pointed out in many of your articles, the revolution against the capitalist plutocracy is largely a war of words and ideas at this point.’
- ‘In the end, the financial plutocracy handpicked the president.’
- ‘We need to change our government in a revolutionary way, and overthrow the plutocracy (which is firmly rooted in this mentality) that controls our government.’
- ‘In these various ways, a new plutocracy was emerging in western Europe during the late nineteenth century, composed of aristocratic and bourgeois elements, which compromised the original liberal ideal.’
- ‘The country is now ruled by a plutocracy.’
Mid 17th century: from Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos ‘wealth’ + kratos ‘strength, authority’.
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