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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Autocracy  \Au*toc"ra*cy\,  n.;  pl  {Autocracies}.  [Gr.  ?:  cf  F. 
  autocratie  See  {Autocrat}.] 
  1.  Independent  or  self-derived  power;  absolute  or  controlling 
  authority;  supremacy. 
 
  The  divine  will  moves  not  by  the  external  impulse 
  or  inclination  of  objects,  but  determines  itself  by 
  an  absolute  autocracy.  --South. 
 
  2.  Supreme,  uncontrolled,  unlimited  authority,  or  right  of 
  governing  in  a  single  person,  as  of  an  autocrat. 
 
  3.  Political  independence  or  absolute  sovereignty  (of  a 
  state);  autonomy.  --Barlow. 
 
  4.  (Med.)  The  action  of  the  vital  principle,  or  of  the 
  instinctive  powers,  toward  the  preservation  of  the 
  individual;  also  the  vital  principle.  [In  this  sense 
  written  also  {autocrasy}.]  --Dunglison. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  autocracy 
  n  1:  a  political  system  governed  by  a  single  individual  [syn:  {autarchy}] 
  [ant:  {democracy}] 
  2:  a  political  theory  favoring  unlimited  authority  by  a  single 
  individual 




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