noun, plural kak·is·toc·ra·cies.
government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.
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Origin of kakistocracy
1820–30; < Greek kákisto(s), superlative of kakós bad + -cracy
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1829, "government by the worst element of a society," coined on analogy of its opposite, aristocracy, from Greek kakistos "worst," superlative of kakos "bad" (which perhaps is related to the general IE word for "defecate;" see caco-) + -cracy.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper