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ochlocracy

[ok-lok-ruh-see] /ɒkˈlɒk rə si/
noun
1.
government by the mob; mob rule; mobocracy.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Greek ochlokratía, equivalent to óchl(os) mob + -o- -o- + -kratia -cracy
Related forms
ochlocrat
[ok-luh-krat] /ˈɒk ləˌkræt/ (Show IPA),
noun
ochlocratic, ochlocratical, adjective
ochlocratically, adverb
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  • But few want to allow voters to write them: that would be not so much democracy, they say, as ochlocracy-mob rule.
British Dictionary definitions for ochlocracy

ochlocracy

/ɒkˈlɒkrəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
rule by the mob; mobocracy
Derived Forms
ochlocrat (ˈɒkləˌkræt) noun
ochlocratic (ˌɒkləˈkrætɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via French, from Greek okhlokratia, from okhlos mob + kratos power
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noun

See mob rule

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Word Origin and History for ochlocracy
n.

"government by the rabble," 1580s, from French ochlocratie (1560s), from Greek okhlokratia (Polybius) "mob rule," the lowest grade of democracy, from kratos "rule, power, strength" (see -cracy) + okhlos "mob, populace," perhaps literally "moving mass," from PIE *wogh-lo-, from root *wegh- "to go, transport" in a vehicle (see weigh). For sense development, cf. mob (n.). Related: Ochlocratic; ochlocratical. Greek also had okhlagogos "mob-leader, ochlagogue."

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