Noun. A type of government that is led by a dictator. A dictator has unlimited power.
“This country is a dictatorship. People have little freedom, and the president can’t do anything that the Chairman doesn’t approve of.”
Noun. A type of government that is led by a king or queen. Power is passed to the next leader through family connections.
“England is a monarchy, and that’s why Queen Elizabeth is on their money.”
Noun. When a government is changed through protest.
“There was a revolution in West Blogistan in 1959, and John Jones became the new leader. He didn’t win an election, though.”
Noun, literally “cut of the state,” from French. When power is taken from a leader by force from within the country.
“There was a coup d’etat last night. The general killed the king and says he is the leader of our country!”
Pronunciation note: say “koo day tah.”
Noun. A difficult or senseless process related to government.
“There is so much bureaucracy when I want to get a passport. Why do I have to visit eight different offices?”