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Meaning of oligarchy

ol•i•gar•chy

Pronunciation: (ol'i-gär"kē), [key]
— pl. -chies.
  1. a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.
  2. a state or organization so ruled.
  3. the persons or class so ruling.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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