oligarchical

ADJECTIVE
  1. of or relating to or supporting or characteristic of an oligarchy
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How To Use oligarchical In A Sentence

  • The secret of freedom will be found in the individual 'making himself the depository of the powers respecting himself, so far as he is competent to them, and delegating only what is beyond his competence, by a synthetical process, to higher and higher orders of functionaries, so as to trust fewer and fewer powers in proportion as the trustees become more and more oligarchical.' Barack Obama's new line: "Yes we can."
  • But in either case the better and more exact way is to distinguish, as I have done, the one or two which are true forms, and to regard the others as perversions, whether of the most perfectly attempered mode or of the best form of government: we may compare the severer and more overpowering modes to the oligarchical forms, and the more relaxed and gentler ones to the democratic. Politics
  • The eighteenth century will for ever be associated with the amusements of a fashionable oligarchical society, represented most notably in the prime of the first of the great spa towns.
  • But Sparta, the champion of oligarchies, set up an oligarchical regime whenever it took control of a city.
  • Aristocrates with his own tribe, which, as taxiarch, he commanded, seized Alexicles, an oligarchical general who had been most concerned with the clubs, and shut him up in a house. The History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Thasos, and also, as I imagine, of many other states, was the opposite of what the oligarchical conspirators had intended. The History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Contrast the free states of the world, while their freedom lasted, with the cotemporary subjects of monarchical or oligarchical despotism: the Greek cities with the Persian satrapies; the Italian republics and the free towns of Flanders and Germany, with the feudal monarchies of Europe; Switzerland, Holland, and England, with Austria or anterevolutionary France. Representative Government
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