plutocracy |ploōˈtäkrəsē|
noun ( pl. -cies)
government by the wealthy.
• a country or society governed in this way.
• an elite or ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth.

plutocratic |ˌploōtəˈkratik| adjective
plutocratically |ˌploōtəˈkratiklē| adverb

ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos‘wealth’ kratos ‘strength, authority.

USAGE See usage at aristocracy 

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