kakistocracy

[kak-uh-stok-ruh-see]

noun, plural kak·is·toc·ra·cies.

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

Nearby words

  1. kakariki,
  2. kakebuton,
  3. kakemono,
  4. kaki,
  5. kakinada,
  6. kakogawa,
  7. kal.,
  8. kala-azar,
  9. kalaburagi,
  10. kalahari

Origin of kakistocracy

1820–30; < Greek kákisto(s), superlative of kakós bad + -cracy

Related formska·kis·to·crat·i·cal [kuh-kis-tuh-krat-i-kuh l] /kəˌkɪs təˈkræt ɪ kəl/, adjective

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Word Origin and History for kakistocracy

kakistocracy

n.

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