Au*toc"ra*cy (?), n.; pl. Autocracies. [Gr. : cf. F. autocratie. See Autocrat.]


Independent or self-derived power; absolute or controlling authority; supremacy.

The divine will moves, not by the external impulse or inclination of objects, but determines itself by an absolute autocracy. South.


Supreme, uncontrolled, unlimited authority, or right of governing in a single person, as of an autocrat.


Political independence or absolute sovereignty (of a state); autonomy.


4. Med.

The action of the vital principle, or of the instinctive powers, toward the preservation of the individual; also, the vital principle.

[In this sense, written also autocrasy.]



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