from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A government ruled by or subject to religious authority.
- n. A state so governed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Government under the control of a Church or state-sponsored religion.
- n. Rule by God.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Government of a state by the immediate direction or administration of God; hence, the exercise of political authority by priests as representing the Deity.
- n. The state thus governed, as the Hebrew commonwealth before it became a kingdom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of government in which God is recognized as the supreme civil ruler of the state, and his laws are taken as the statute-book of the kingdom.
- n. A state so governed: usually applied, with the definite article, to the Jewish commonwealth from the time of its organization under Moses until the inauguration of the monarchy under Saul.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a political unit governed by a deity (or by officials thought to be divinely guided)
- n. the belief in government by divine guidance
I disagree on a core level that a theocracy is the ideal government.
The fact that a good portion of the Republican base wants to turn the United States into a theocracy is another (and even from a purely pragmatic view of history, which theocracies exactly do we want to emulate?)
As a Christian, the idea of an American theocracy is terrifying.
He's too much of a wimp to even speak out when the Iranian theocracy is murdering it's citizens in the street.
A false-hope-turned-policy has lingered for years among US officials that the more the Iranian theocracy is placated the more it will be tamed.
Before the uprising, the country was classified as a "theocracy," with rising influence of the presidential role -- in our case, charming Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Iranian theocracy is a regime ‘against nature’; one that defies the basic aspirations of human beings for freedom and emancipation.
The marriage of the Republican party to theocracy is no accident.
Laissez-faire theocracy is a more awkward match than this, even if the necessary compromises leave all Democrats somewhat unsatisfied.
I'm sure the organizers of the protest have done loads of "judicious study" before concluding that the theocracy is right around the corner.