Part of speech: noun

A wealthy class controlling the administration of the government; the rule of wealth or of the wealthy.

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Usage examples "plutocracy":

  1. 13. Plutocracy, new, faults of, i. - "Rousseau Volumes I. and II.", John Morley.
  2. A crowded season; much animation in Parliament, where the government, to its own amazement, had rather gained than lost ground; industrial trouble at home, and foreign complications abroad; and in London the steady growth of a new plutocracy, the result, so far, of American wealth and American brides. - "The Marriage of William Ashe", Mrs. Humphry Ward.
  3. The American plutocracy must carry on. - "The American Empire", Scott Nearing.