A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.a state governed by a democracy,control of an organization or group by the majority of its members,the practice or spirit of social equality.


Typical of a class, group, or body of opinion.A person chosen or appointed to act or speak for another or others, in particular,an example of a class or group,of a legislative or deliberative assembly) consisting of people chosen to act and speak on behalf of a wider group.


A system of government by one person with absolute power

  • a country, state, or society governed by one person with absolute power.domineering rule or control.


A form of government with a monarch at the head.a state that has a monarch.the monarch and royal family of a country.



A system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god.the commonwealth of Israel from the time of Moses until the election of Saul as King.


  1. a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution."the ruling oligarchy of military men around the president"
    • a country governed by an oligarchy."the English aristocratic oligarchy of the 19th century"
    • government by oligarchy.


  1. a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority."he must ensure public order in a country threatened with anarchy"synonyms:lawlessness, nihilism, mobocracy, revolution, insurrection, disorder, chaos,mayhem, tumult, turmoil"conditions are dangerously ripe for anarchy"
    • absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.


Communism is thus a form of socialism—a higher and more advanced form, according to its advocates. Exactly how communism differs from socialism has long been a matter of debate, but the distinction rests largely on the communists' adherence to the revolutionary socialism of Karl Marx.

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