timocratical

timocracy

[tahy-mok-ruh-see]
noun, plural timocracies.
1.
a form of government in which love of honor is the dominant motive of the rulers.
2.
a form of government in which a certain amount of property is requisite as a qualification for office.

Origin:
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
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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]
 
timocratic
 
adj
 
timo'cratical
 
adj

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timocracy
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.
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