[ UK /ˈɒlɪɡˌɑːki/ ]
[ US /ˈɑɫəˌɡɑɹki/ ]
  1. a political system governed by a few people
    one of his cardinal convictions was that Britain was not run as a democracy but as an oligarchy
    the big cities were notoriously in the hands of the oligarchy of local businessmen
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How To Use oligarchy In A Sentence

  • On paper, we're a one-person-one-vote nation; in reality, we're more than a bit of an oligarchy, in which a handful of wealthy people dominate.
  • one of his cardinal convictions was that Britain was not run as a democracy but as an oligarchy
  • This nation was founded on glorious greed, boundless carpetbaggery, corrupt cartels and an oligarchy of rich men whose "countrymen" were other rich men. SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page
  • Thus it created an outlet for the social concerns of these groups while enabling the party oligarchy to retain control over the competing sectors within the single movement.
  • Including the pompous local police commissaire; the unflappable intelligence officer from France; the slimy representative of the international oil cartel; and the personages - intelligence, governmental, and clerical of the remnants of the civilian oligarchy; as well as many others, including the Doctor's lover, a Hapsburg We Have All Been Disgraced By Corruption, A Review of Eric Ambler's Doctor Frigo
  • Gone are the days when democracy was a window dressing for an oligarchy.
  • Municipal reform might well replace a patrician oligarchy of local gentry and merchants, weakening collective action and undermining the corporate, civic culture.
  • The power resided in an oligarchy, a financier oligarchy, which were the leading families of Venice, who were, in their financial aspect, called fondi, or funds.
  • It is a grand oligarchy, with immense force and push -- with cunning and skilful intrigue -- in whose plenipotent fingers the threads of the universal octopus centralizes its splendid capabilities in a papal head. Autobiography, sermons, addresses, and essays of Bishop L. H. Holsey, D. D.,
  • The real power in U.S. political parties flows as money from the corporate oligarchy to a party oligarchy.
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