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Topic: GOVERNMENT

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Greek
Origin: oligarchia, from oligos 'few' + -archia ( -ARCHY)

oligarchy

noun
     
ol‧i‧gar‧chy plural oligarchies
1 [countable usually singular]PG a small group of people who run a country or organization, or a country that is run by a small group of people
2 [uncountable]PG when a country or organization is run by a small group of people:
Eventually oligarchy took over from democracy.
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