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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
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kakistocratical
[kuh-kis-tuh-krat-i-kuh l] /kəˌkɪs təˈkræt ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Word Origin and History for kakistocratical

kakistocracy

n.

1829, "government by the worst element of a society," coined on analogy of its opposite, aristocracy, from Greek kakistos "worst," superlative of kakos "bad" (which perhaps is related to the general IE word for "defecate;" see caco-) + -cracy.

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