oligarchic (ˌoliˈgarchic), oligarchical (ˌoliˈgarchical) or oligarchal (ˌoliˈgarchal)
Word origin of 'oligarchy'
C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek oligarkhia, from olígos few + -archy
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Word forms: oligarchies
1. countable noun
An oligarchy is a small group of people who control and run a particular country or organization. You can alsorefer to a country which is governed in this way as an oligarchy. ⇒ Athens was suffering under the rule of an oligarchy that had no concern for the people's welfare.
2. uncountable noun
Oligarchy is a situation in which a country or organization is run by an oligarchy. ⇒ ...a protest against imperialism and oligarchy in the region.