noun, plural timocracies.
a form of government in which love of honor is the dominant motive of the rulers.
a form of government in which a certain amount of property is requisite as a qualification for office.

1580–90; earlier timocratie (< F) < Greek tīmokratía, equivalent to tīmo- (combining form of tīmḗ honor, worth) + -kratia -cracy

timocratic [tahy-muh-krat-ik] , timocratical, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To timocratic
World English Dictionary
timocracy (taɪˈmɒkrəsɪ)
n , pl -cies
1.  a political unit or system in which possession of property serves as the first requirement for participation in government
2.  a political unit or system in which love of honour is deemed the guiding principle of government
[C16: from Old French tymocracie, ultimately from Greek timokratia, from timē worth, honour, price + -cracy]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1586, from M.Fr. tymocracie, from M.L. timocratia (13c.), from Gk. timokratia, from time "honor, worth" (related to tiein "to place a value on, to honor") + -kratia "rule." In Plato's philosophy, a form of government in which ambition for power and glory motivates the rulers (as in Sparta). In Aristotle,
a form of government in which political power is in direct proportion to property ownership.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature