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  • noun Nominal governance by a dead person, through posthumous holding of an official position of authority, or by popular veneration and lasting influence of a personal ideology.
  • noun The enactment of mass and organized killing as an official policy of a state.
  • noun The enactment of policies held to lead, directly or indirectly, to death or an increased risk of death.
  • noun A culture in which rituals relating to the dead play a unique or important role.
  • noun figuratively Endemic stagnation or decay.


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From Greek thanato-, "death", and -cracy, "rule".


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