n (politics 政)
1 (a) [U] form of government in which a small group of people hold all the power 寡头政治; 寡头统治.
(b) [C] these people as a group 寡头统治集团.
2 [C] country governed by an oligarchy 寡头统治的国家.
[Date: 1400-1500; Language: Greek;Origin: oligarchia, from oligos 'few' + -archia ( -ARCHY)]
[C usually singular]
a small group of people who run a country or organization, or a country that is run by a small group of people
when a country or organization is run by a small group of people
Eventually oligarchy took over from democracy.