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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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Examples for ochlocracy
  • 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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Contemporary definitions for ochlocracy
noun

See mob rule

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Word Origin and History for ochlocracy
ochlocracy
"government by the rabble," 1584, from Fr. ochlocratie (1568), from Gk. okhlokratia, from okhlos "mob" + kratos "rule, power, strength" (see -cracy).
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