- government by the mob; mob rule; mobocracy.
Origin of ochlocracy
Examples from the Web for ochlocracy
You're going hand in hand with ochlocracy and anarchy, the arch enemy of all legislative order, all civilization and all humanity.The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; Religion, A Dialogue, Etc.
Beggars attack the common right; the ochlocracy rises against demos.Les Misrables
Ochlocracy, ok-lok′ra-si, n. mob-rule: government by the populace.
Then the mob of a capital city has overwhelmed the democracy in an ochlocracy.What Social Classes Owe to Each Other
William Graham Sumner
- rule by the mob; mobocracy
Word Origin and History for ochlocracy
"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."