PRONUNCIATION: (ahr-juhn-TOK-ruh-see)

MEANING: noun:
1. Rule by the wealthy.
2. Undue influence of money.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin argentum (silver) + Greek -cracy (rule). Earliest documented use: 1868. Some synonyms are chrysocracy (literally, gold rule) and plutocracy.

AGENTOCRACY - rule by authorized represetatives who charge ten percent

ARDENTOCRACY - government by the fervently well-meaning

AR-TEN-TOCRACY - government by droids several generations more advanced