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Word: oligarchy

Definition: government by a privileged few


Sentences Containing 'oligarchy'

As the members of the city government who were burgomasters, aldermen, and other city officials were chosen for the Vroedschap, and the vroedmen tended to choose each other for these offices, there developed an oligarchy.
Cleomenes I, the king of Sparta, installed a pro-Spartan oligarchy led by Isagoras.
Giovetti's piece opined that the Met under Gelb "bears the mothball-like scent of an oligarchy."
Hatfield argues that Bush succeeded in life not on merit, but on family connections alone, as a member of a modern oligarchy.
It was agreed that an oligarchy would divide them against one another, and democracy would bring about mob rule resulting in a charismatic leader resuming the monarchy.
Martial law was declared, and soon the military, upset about not having received its pay and supported by the oligarchy, which distrusted Araujo, easily overthrew his government after nine months.
Previous elections had usually seen the incumbents choosing their successors, allowing the oligarchy perpetual control of the country's politics.
They warned the latter might menace the oligarchy and threaten a military coup; they preferred an inefficient army to an authoritarian state.
Working in opposition, Wakefield probably made certain that the Provincial Assembly became a working democracy rather than Constitutional Party oligarchy.
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