From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Oligarchy \Ol"i*gar"chy\, n.; pl. Oligarchies. [Gr. ?;
   'oli`gos few, little + 'a`rchein to rule, govern: cf. F.
   A form of government in which the supreme power is placed in
   the hands of a few persons; also, those who form the ruling
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         All oligarchies, wherein a few men domineer, do what
         they list.                               --Burton.
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