WORD Wednesday is an opportunity to showcase cool words each week and share them, and I’m moving it over here from my Art•Spirit•Nature blog so that more writers will enjoy it. I get most of my new words from a cool site called Wordnik, which has a Word-of-the-Day feature.
I found this word particularly appropriate:
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Government by women.
- n. A society ruled by women.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Government by a woman or by women; female power or rule.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a political system governed by a woman
from the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
“The explanations that have hitherto been offered to account for the transition from gynecocracy to androcracy have invariably been biased by the ideology of the extant Men’s State.”
“Descent in the female line, not uncommonly found among primitive peoples, undoubtedly tended to place women in a position of great influence; but it by no means necessarily involved any gynecocracy, or rule of women, and such rule is merely a hypothesis which by some enthusiasts has been carried to absurd lengths.”