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kakistocracy

[kak-uh-stok-ruh-see] /ˌkæk əˈstɒk rə si/
noun, plural kakistocracies.
1.
government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Greek kákisto(s), superlative of kakós bad + -cracy
Related forms
kakistocratical
[kuh-kis-tuh-krat-i-kuh l] /kəˌkɪs təˈkræt ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Word Origin and History for kakistocracy
kakistocracy
1829, "government by the worst element of a society," coined on analogy of aristocracy from Gk. kakistos "worst," superl. of kakos "bad" (which is perhaps related to the general IE word for "defecate") + -kratia "rule of," from kratos "strength, power, rule" (see -cracy).
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