“OLIGARCH” is The Weekly Word – how would you use this word?

Welcome to this weeks Weekly Word, which is ‘OLIGARCH‘ and I’d like to challenge you to find an unusual, imaginative or correct usage of the word in a single sentence or a paragraph.

This weeks word is OLIGARCH, it is a noun pronounced ‘ol-e-gaaa-k’

Oligarch means a ruler in an oligarchy (where power rests in the hands of small group of people). It has also acquired a modern meaning as a wealthy business person with significant political influence, especially used to refer to such people in Russia. It is often used now to imply corruption.

Examples of the word OLIGARCH

  1. Tutin was branded an Oligarch by Nebin
  2. She was a member of the country’s Oligarchy

Origins of the word Oligarch

It originally derives from the Greek oligarchēs, from olig- + -archēs -arch and its first known use was around 1610.

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org/

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