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Language: Old French
Origin: -cracie, from Late Latin -cratia, from Greek, from kratos 'strength, power'

-ocracy

suffix
     
Related topics: Government, Politics
-ocracy also -cracy [in nouns]
PGPP government by a particular sort of people or according to a particular principle:
democracy (=government by the people)
meritocracy (=government by people with the most ability)

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