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plu·toc·ra·cy (plū-tŏk'rə-sē)

n., pl. -cies.
  1. Government by the wealthy.
  2. A wealthy class that controls a government.
  3. A government or state in which the wealthy rule.

[Greek ploutokratiā : ploutos, wealth + -kratiā, -cracy.]

plutocrat plu'to·crat' (plū'tə-krăt') n.
plutocratic plu'to·crat'ic or plu'to·crat'i·cal adj.
plutocratically plu'to·crat'i·cal·ly adv.

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