Sunday, March 23, 2014

gynecocracy

gynecocracy (uncountable)

  1. A society ruled by women.

Neologism, no etymology, but constructed from Greek gune, -aikos (γυνή, -αικος) 'woman' and kratia (κρατία) 'power'. Disambiguates usage of matriarchy: gynecocracy refers to societies ruled by women, distinct from matrilineal bequeathing of property and matrilocal residence of brides.

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