What does the word oligarchy mean?

Usage examples for oligarchy

  1. And this, speaking generally, is the way in which oligarchy is established. – Plato's Republic by Plato
  2. But when shortly afterwards the Athenians again revolted he was much blamed for having allowed the popular party to gather strength and break out of bounds, after it had once been securely bridled by an oligarchy, while Lysander on the contrary gained the credit of having, in every city, arranged matters not with a view to theatrical effect, but to the solid advantage of Sparta. – Plutarch's Lives, Volume II by Aubrey Stewart & George Long
  3. The nobility selected a few popular deputies, but mainly such as were devoted to the interests of their order, and as much opposed to the third estate as to the oligarchy of the great families of the court. – History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814 by F. A. M. Miguet