V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a political system or government in which a single ruler maintains absolute authority; 2. a country governed by a single person

Synonyms: tyranny, despotism, dictatorship, authoritarianism, absolutism

Antonyms: democracy

Tips: Autocracy comes from the Greek words auto, which means "self" and kratos, "power." An autocrat is an absolute ruler or someone who acts as such. Autocratic means "acting like an autocrat or authoritarian."

Usage Examples:

After democracy came to the formerly authoritarian country, the citizens said they preferred their new freedom to living in an autocracy. (dictatorship, tyranny)

The young autocrat sought to consolidate his power by taking every opportunity to display his authority. (ruler, despot)

An autocratic governing style can't work in a free economy. (dictatorial, authoritarian) adjective

The autocracy crumbled when the old leader died and a new, democratically-minded leader replaced him. (dictatorship)

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