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[ol-i-gahr-kik] /ˌɒl ɪˈgɑr kɪk/

of, relating to, or having the form of an .

1640s, from Greek oligarkhikos, from oligarkhos, related to oligarkhia (see oligarchy). Related: Oligarchical.


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