autocracy autocracy  /ɔ ˈtɑ krə si/


  1. (n) a political system governed by a single individual
  2. (n) a political theory favoring unlimited authority by a single individual


  1. Meanwhile, a revolutionary spirit simultaneously led directly to corruption and autocracy.
  2. Although Chvez was democratically elected, he flirts with autocracy.
  3. As an autocracy, moreover, Beijing can act with unparalleled efficiency for good, as shown in the massive rescue operation after the recent earthquake.


  1. Outside View: The third Russian Revolution

    Washington (UPI) Jun 12, 2013 Make no mistake: On the current trajectory, Russia won't be immune to many of the forces that provoked the so-called colored revolutions in adjacent states and even the misnomered Arab Awakening. A third Russian revolution is unfolding. The only questions are when will that revolution reach a critical mass and, most importantly, will the forces of autocracy or ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Space War

  2. Pipes: The good news in Turkey

    How to interpret the recent unrest on the streets of Istanbul and about 50 other Turkish cities? Specifically, is it comparable to the Arab uprisings over the last 2 1/2 years in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain?On one level, they appear unrelated, for Turkey is a more advanced country, with a democratic culture and a modern economy. But two connections --- autocracy and Syria ...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Athens Banner-Herald


  1. To which King replied at the time: "May I ask what is the one check by Parliament on a possible autocracy . . . other than when a government brings in a measure, and is defeated, the government must regard itself as no longer possessing the...
    on Oct 4, 2007 By: William Lyon Mackenzie King Source: 570 News

  2. Maoist rebels chief Prachanda, who uses only one name, said Gyanendra's moves smacked of "medieval feudal autocracy", the Indian news agency said quoting a statement from the rebel group in Nepali capital Kathmandu.
    on Feb 1, 2005 By: chairman Prachanda Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. The other candidate for premier who Prachanda defeated, veteran centrist politician Sher Bahadur Deuba, warned the ex-rebels that they would not be allowed to "incline towards autocracy."
    on Aug 15, 2008 By: Sher Bahadur Deuba Source: AFP

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