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Meaning of -cracy

-cracy

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  1. a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek (aristocracy; democracy); on this model used, with the meaning “rule,” “government,” “governing body,” to form abstract nouns from stems of other origin:Cf. -crat. mobocracy; bureaucracy.
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