noun, plural mob·oc·ra·cies.

political control by a mob.
the mob as a ruling class.

Origin of mobocracy

First recorded in 1745–55; mob1 + -o- + -cracy
Related formsmob·o·crat [mob-uh-krat] /ˈmɒb əˌkræt/, nounmob·o·crat·ic, mob·o·crat·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mobocracy

Historical Examples of mobocracy

  • To that point Joseph and his brethren made their escape and enjoyed a brief respite from mobocracy.

    Cowley's Talks on Doctrine

    Matthias F. Cowley

  • What we need, to ward off mobocracy and safeguard a civilized form of government, is more of this sniffing.

    In Defense of Women

    H. L. Mencken

  • The Manchester merchants are often termed a millocracy, and words of a similar character are mobocracy and moneyocracy.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Mobocracy had triumphed in Missouri, and there was no power in the government to call Missouri to an account for her wrong doing.

  • I proceeded to Nauvoo—I gazed upon its ruins—the direful work of mobocracy.

British Dictionary definitions for mobocracy


noun plural -cies

rule or domination by a mob
the mob that rules
Derived Formsmobocrat (ˈmɒbəˌkræt), nounmobocratic or mobocratical, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mobocracy

"mob rule," 1754, a hybrid from mob (n.) + -cracy. Related: Mobocrat; mobocratic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper