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Definition of Autocracy


  1. Independent or self-derived power; absolute or controlling authority; supremacy.
  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.
  4. The action of the vital principle, or of the instinctive powers, toward the preservation of the individual; also, the vital principle.

Autocracy Quotations

I was interested by the idea that artists working in a totalitarian dictatorship or tsarist autocracy are secretly and slightly shamefully envied by artists who work in freedom. They have the gratification of intense interest: the authorities want to put them in jail, while there are younger readers for whom what they write is pure oxygen.
Tom Stoppard

The disruptive powers of excessive national fecundity may have played a greater part in bursting the bonds of convention than either the power of ideas or the errors of autocracy.
John Maynard Keynes

Aside from the occasional genocide, oppression, evil and torture, etc., it is inarguable that public policy could be implemented more rapidly in an autocracy.
David Harsanyi

The deadliest foe of democracy is not autocracy but liberty frenzied.
Otto Hermann Kahn

The Chinese, as befits a Communist autocracy, approached the task of dominating the Olympics with top-down military discipline.
Shashi Tharoor
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autocracy in German is Autokratie {f}
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