Wednesday Word for April 29, 2020

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

  1. A government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes.
  2. Government by the few.
  3. A form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique.

History

This word was first used in 1542, as meaning a government by the few.

Synonyms

junta, cabal, syndicate

Usage and Examples

Here are a couple of examples:

  • An oligarchy rules the nation.
  • The city’s artisans rebelled against the ruling oligarchy of merchants and nobles.

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