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oligarchynoun [C]

 us   /ˈɑl·ɪˌɡɑr·ki, ˈoʊ·lɪ-/
world history a ​government in which ​power is ​held by a ​smallgroup of ​people
(Definition of oligarchy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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oligarchynoun

uk   us   /ˈɒlɪɡɑːki/ (plural oligarchies) GOVERNMENT, ECONOMICS
[U] the fact of a country being ​ruled or ​controlled by a ​smallgroup of powerful ​people: The ​real difference between oligarchy and ​democracy is ​wealth.
[C] a country or ​industry that is ​controlled by a ​smallgroup of powerful ​people, or these ​people considered as a ​group: The electricity ​industry has ​moved from being a ​statemonopoly to being a de facto oligarchy.
(Definition of oligarchy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “oligarchy”
in Chinese (Simplified) 寡头统治(的政府), 寡头统治集团…
in Chinese (Traditional) 寡頭統治(的政府), 寡頭統治集團…
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