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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Definitions for kakistocracy

  1. government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.

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Citations for kakistocracy
Burt Wheeler arrived in Washington as a Senator in 1923, when the backwash of war and prohibition had brought America about as near to kakistocracy as it has ever come. Hubert Kay, "Burton K. Wheeler," Life, May 19, 1941
It was evident that democracy had bloomed as it always did when forcibly planted, in a kakistocracy of the worst possible men. Glen David Gold, Sunnyside, 2009
Origin of kakistocracy
1820-1830
Kakistocracy entered English in the early 1800s from the Greek word kákistos meaning "worst," and -cracy, a combining form meaning "rule" or "government."
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