Autocracy Au*toc"ra*cy, n.; pl. {Autocracies}. [Gr. ?: cf. F. autocratie. See {Autocrat}.] 1. Independent or self-derived power; absolute or controlling authority; supremacy. [1913 Webster]

The divine will moves, not by the external impulse or inclination of objects, but determines itself by an absolute autocracy. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. Supreme, uncontrolled, unlimited authority, or right of governing in a single person, as of an autocrat. [1913 Webster]

3. Political independence or absolute sovereignty (of a state); autonomy. --Barlow. [1913 Webster]

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}.] --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

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