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absolutism the doctrine of government by a single absolute ruler.
absolutistic relating to absolutism.
anarch (Arch.) one who practises anarchy.
anarchic relating to anarchy, the complete absence of law or government.
anarchically (Adv.) ANARCHIC, relating to anarchy, the complete absence of law or government.
anarchise to reduce to anarchy.
anarchist one who advocates anarchy or aims at the overthrow of civil government.
anarchistic relating to an anarchist.
anarchistically (Adv.) ANARCHISTIC, relating to an anarchist.
anarchize to reduce to anarchy.
anarchy the complete absence of law or government.
antifascist one who opposes fascism.
archology the science of the origins of government.
aristocracy government by the best individuals or by a small privileged class.
aristocratic belonging to an aristocracy.
aristocratical belonging to an aristocracy.
aristocratism the spirit of, practices of, or belief in aristocracy.
autarchic relating to autarchy, absolute sovereignty.
autarchical relating to autarchy, absolute sovereignty.
autarchist one who practises autarchy.
autarchy absolute sovereignty.
autarkic self-sufficient; independent.
autarkical relating to autarky, absolute sovereignty.
autarkist one who is autarkic, self-sufficient.
autarky a policy of national self-sufficiency and non-reliance on imports or economic aid.
autocephaly self-government.
autocracy government by one individual.
autocratic of, relating to, or being an autocracy.
autocratical of, relating to, or being an autocracy.
autonomic self-governing.
autonomical self-governing.
autonomically (Adv.) AUTONOMICAL, self-governing.
autonomy the power or right of self-government.
bicameralist a supporter of bicameralism.
bureaucracy a body of nonelective government officials.
caciquism government by a cacique, a West Indian or American Indian chief.
centralism the tendency or policy of administering by the sovereign or central government matters which would be otherwise under local management.
centralist an adherent of centralism, the centralization of authority.
centralistic relating to centralism.
centumvirate a body of a hundred men.
chrysocracy the rule of wealth; plutocracy.
circar (Urdu) the state or government; the authorities.
civicism the principle of civil government.
civics the science of civil government.
cleptocracy rule by thieves.
closure the act of closing; (verb) to apply closure to a parliamentary debate.
communist one who believes in communism.
concordat (Fr.) an agreement between the pope and a secular government.
consular of or pertaining to a consul; (noun) a person of consular rank.
coregent one sharing a regency.
cottonocracy rule by cotton producers.
curialism the system of government of curia.
curialist one who advocates curialism, the system of government of curia.
curialistic relating to curialism.
czarist a supporter of the czar.
decommunisation the act or process of decommunising.
decommunise to remove communist politics or influence from (a person or country).
decommunization the act or process of decommunizing.
decommunize to remove communist politics or influence from (a person or country).
democracy a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people collectively.
democratic related to democracy.
democratical related to democracy.
democratically (Adv.) DEMOCRATICAL, related to democracy.
democratise to make democratic.
democratist a democrat.
democratize to make democratic.
democraty (Milton) democracy.
demonocracy government by demons or evil forces.
departement (Fr.) an administrative department.
despotism absolute power; a state governed by a despot.
despotocracy rulership by despots or tyrants.
devo (Short for) devolution, as in devo max, an arrangement in which a central government transfers the maximum amount of authority to a regional government while still retaining sovereignty over it.
diarchal relating to a diarchy, rulership by two people.
diarchic relating to a diarchy, rulership by two people.
diarchical relating to a diarchy, rulership by two people.
diarchy rulership by two people.
dinarchy rulership by two people.
dollarocracy rule by the dollar.
doulocracy a government formed of privileged slaves.
duarchy government by two persons.
dulocracy a government formed of privileged slaves.
duma (Russian) the Russian parliament.
duumvirate government or control by two people.
dyarchal relating to a dyarchy, government by two persons.
dyarchic relating to a dyarchy, government by two persons.
dyarchical relating to a diarchy, rulership by two people.
dyarchy government by two persons.
elect chosen, taken by preference; (noun) those chosen; (verb) to select by vote for an office.
endarchy centralised government.
ergatocracy government by the workers or the working class.
ethnarchy the dominion of an ethnarch.
eurocrat a senior member of the administration of the European Union.
exarchy the office, jurisdiction or province of an exarch.
exequatur (Lat.) an official recognition of a consul or commercial agent given by the government of the country in which he or she is to be based.
fascism an oppressive political system.
fascismo (Ital.) the authoritarian form of government in Italy from 1922-1943.
fascist any person with right-wing authoritarian political views.
fascistic of or like a fascist.
fascistically (Adv.) FASCISTIC, of or like a fascist.
federal relating to or consisting of a treaty or covenant (noun) a supporter of federation; a Unionist soldier in the American Civil War
federally (Adv.) FEDERAL, relating to or consisting of a treaty or covenant.
federation a federal government.
fidelismo belief in the principles of Fidel Castro.
fidelista a believer in the principles of Fidel Castro.
gerontocracy government by the aged.
gerontocrat a member of a gerontocracy, government by the aged.
gerontocratic relating to gerontocracy.
governall (Spenser) government.
governance exercise of authority; government.
government a group in a parliamentary system constituted by the cabinet or by the ministry.
governmental relating to government.
governmentalize to make governmental.
governmentally (Adv.) GOVERNMENTAL, relating to government.
gynaecocracy government by women.
gynaecocratic relating to a gynaecocracy.
gynarchic relating to gynarchy, government by women.
gynarchy government by women.
gynecocracy government by women.
gynecocratic relating to gynecocracy.
gynocracy government by women.
gynocratic relating to gynocracy, female rule.
hagiarchy government by holy persons.
hagiocracy government by holy persons.
hegemonial relating to a hegemony.
hegemonic relating to a hegemony.
hegemonical relating to a hegemony.
hegemonism the state of being a hegemony.
hegemonist one who exercises a hegemony.
hegemony (Greek) the leadership of one state within a confederacy; the (unjust) domination of one group by another.
heptarchal of or like a heptarchy, government by seven persons.
heptarchic of or like a heptarchy, government by seven persons.
heptarchist a ruler in a heptarchy.
heptarchy government by seven persons; a group of seven allied but independent kingdoms, esp of Anglo-Saxon England.
hierarchy a body or organization classified in successively subordinate grades.
hierocracy government by priests or religious ministers.
hierocratic relating to government by clerics.
hierocratical of or like a hierocracy, government by priests or religious ministers.
jaghir (Hindi) the government revenues of a tract of land assigned with power to administer.
jaghirdar (Hindi) the holder of a jaghir, in Pakistan, a village or district the government and revenues of which are assigned to some person.
jaghire (Hindi) the government revenues of a tract of land assigned with power to administer.
jagir (Hindi) the government revenues of a tract of land assigned with power to administer.
janizarian of or pertaining to the janizaries, or their government.
jawbone to engage in jawboning, i.e. governmental urging of industry to accept wage restraints etc.
jawboner one who engages in jawboning, i.e. governmental urging of industry to accept wage restraints etc.
kaiserism the system of having a kaiser.
kakistocracy government by the worst men of the state.
kleptocracy a government by the corrupt in which rulers use their official positions for personal gain.
kleptocratic of or like a kleptocracy, a government characterized by rampant greed and corruption.
matriarchy government by women.
mediocracy government by the mediocre; a system within which mediocrity is rewarded.
meritocracy government by the meritorious.
meritocratic relating to meritocracy.
militarism reliance on military force in administering government.
militaristic relating to militarism.
millocracy the body of mill-owners regarded as a dominant or ruling class.
millocrat a member of the millocracy, the body of mill-owners regarded as a dominant or ruling class.
misgovern to govern wrongly.
misgovernance misgovernment.
mobocracy government by mobs or crowds.
mobocrat one who favors a form of government in which the unintelligent populace rules without restraint.
mobocratic relating to mobocracy, government by mobs or crowds.
mobocratical relating to mobocracy, government by mobs or crowds.
monarchical relating to monarchy.
monarchically (Adv.) MONARCHICAL, relating to monarchy.
monarchy government by one individual.
monocracy rulership by one individual.
monocrat one who governs alone.
monocratic autocratic.
nabobism (Urdu) the system of having nabobs.
neocolonial of or like neocolonialism.
neocolonialism the quasi-colonialism practised by strong powers in dominating weaker, though politically independent, states by means of economic pressure.
neocolonialist an upholder of neocolonialism.
nomocracy the rule of law; government based on legal system.
nonparty not related to a party; (noun) something that is not a (political) party.
ochlocracy government by the mob.
ochlocratic relating to ochlocracy, rule by the mob.
ochlocratical relating to ochlocracy, rule by the mob.
ochlocratically (Adv.) OCHLOCRATIC, relating to rule by the mob.
octarchy government by eight persons; an alliance of eight independent governments.
oligarch a member of an oligarchy.
oligarchal of or like an oligarchy.
oligarchic of or like an oligarchy.
oligarchy a government in which a few people control all power.
pantisocracy government by all equally.
pantisocrat a member of a pantisocracy.
pantisocratic relating to pantisocracy.
pantisocratical relating to pantisocracy.
pantisocratist an upholder of pantisocracy, government by all equally.
parlement parliament.
parliament a formal conference for the discussion of public affairs.
parliamentarily (Adv.) PARLIAMENTARY, of or relating to a parliament.
parliamentarism belief in the parliamentary system.
parliamentary of or relating to a parliament.
patriarchism government by a patriarch.
patriarchy the jurisdiction of a patriarch.
patriate to transfer control over (a constitution) from a mother country to its former dependency.
pedantocracy government by pedants or strict rule-bound scholars.
pedantocrat a member of the pedantocracy.
pedantocratic relating to pedantocracy, government by pedants.
pentarch a member of a pentarchy, government by five persons.
pentarchical relating to a pentarchy, government by five individuals.
pentarchy government by five individuals.
phylarchy the office of a phylarch; government of a class or tribe.
physiocracy government that does not interfere with the operation of supposed natural laws.
plantocracy government by plantation owners.
plutocracy rulership by the wealthy.
plutocrat a member of the wealthy ruling class.
plutocratic relating to the plutocracy.
plutocratical relating to the plutocracy.
plutocratically (Adv.) PLUTOCRATICAL, relating to the plutocracy.
poll the taking of a vote; (verb) to question for the purpose of surveying public opinion.
polyarchy government by many people.
postcoup taking place after a coup.
promonarchist in favour of monarchy.
ptochocracy government by the poor.
quadrumvir a member of a quadrumvirate.
quadrumvirate a group of four men acting together in some capacity.
quango a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization.
quangocracy government by quango.
regence (Obs.) government.
regency the period during which a regent governs.
regime a system of government.
regimen (Lat.) rule, governance.
regnum (Lat.) reign, dominion.
renvoi (Fr.) a sending back by a government of an alien to his or her own country.
republic a constitutional form of government.
republican one that favors or supports a republican form of government.
republicanism adherence to or sympathy for a republican form of government.
rule a regulation; a straight edge for drawing lines (verb) to exercise control over
sachemdom the government or jurisdiction of a sachem.
satrapy the government or jurisdiction of a satrap.
seignory feudal lordship.
septemvirate government by, or group of, seven men.
signiory feudal lordship.
signoria (Ital.) the governing body of any of various medieval Italian republics, esp Venice.
signorial relating to a signoria, the governing body of any of various medieval Italian republics, esp Venice.
sirkar (Urdu) the state or government; the authorities.
slavocracy slave-owners collectively.
slavocrat a slave-owner.
snobbocracy government by snobs.
snobocracy government by snobs.
sovietism the principles and practice of soviet government.
sovietist a believer in sovietism, the principles and practice of Soviet government.
sovietistic relating to sovietism, the principles and practice of soviet government.
squattocracy (Aust.) the powerful landowning class.
squirarchy squires collectively.
statism central government.
stratocracy government by the military.
stratocrat a member of a stratocracy, military rule or despotism.
stratocratic relating to a stratocracy, government by the military.
suffect (Lat.) of a Roman consul, elected during the official year; (noun) in ancient Rome, an additional or suffect consul.
svaraj (Sanskrit) self-government, home rule.
swaraj (Sanskrit) self-government, home rule.
swarajist one who adhered to swaraj, the policy of Indian political independence.
synarchy joint sovereignty.
technocracy government by technical experts.
tetrarchy government by four people.
thalassocracy sovereignty of the seas.
thalattocracy sovereignty of the seas.
thearchy rule by a god or gods; a body of divine rulers.
theocon a conservative who believes that religion should play a major role in forming and implementing public policy.
theocracy government by priests or by religious law.
theocratical relating to a theocrat.
theocratically (Adv.) THEOCRATICAL, relating to theocracy.
timocracy a state in which possession of property is required for participation in government.
timocratic relating to timocracy.
timocratical relating to timocracy.
totalism centralized control by an autocratic authority.
totalist one who believes in totalism, centralized control by an autocratic authority.
totalitarian an advocate or practitioner of totalitarianism.
triarchy government by three people.
tridominium (Lat.) threefold rule.
trierarchy the civic obligation to fit out ships.
tsarism a belief in the system of having a tsar.
tsarist a supporter of the tsar.
tzarism the office of tzar.
tzarist a supporter of the tzar.
ultraleftism support of the extreme left.
ultraleftist one who supports the extreme Left.
ultraliberal one who is extremely liberal in politics.
ultraradical extrmeley rdical; (noun) one who is extremely radical.
unicameral of a legislative assembly, having, or consisting of, a single chamber.
unicameralism the state of being unicameral, having, or consisting of, a single chamber.
unicamerally (Adv.) UNICAMERAL, having, or consisting of, a single chamber.
unpolicied not having civil polity, or a regular form of government.
unrule anarchy.
valorise to establish and maintain the price of commodity by governmental action.
valorize to establish and maintain the price of commodity by governmental action.
vichyssois (Fr.) of the Vichyite government.
warlordism a system of rule by warlords.
witenagemot (OE) an early English national council.