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ochlocracy

[ok-lok-ruh-see]
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noun
  1. government by the mob; mob rule; mobocracy.
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Origin of ochlocracy

1475–85; < Greek ochlokratía, equivalent to óchl(os) mob + -o- -o- + -kratia -cracy
Related formsoch·lo·crat [ok-luh-krat] /ˈɒk ləˌkræt/, nounoch·lo·crat·ic, och·lo·crat·i·cal, adjectiveoch·lo·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Arthur Schopenhauer

  • Beggars attack the common right; the ochlocracy rises against demos.

    Les Misrables

    Victor Hugo

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for ochlocracy

ochlocracy

noun plural -cies
  1. rule by the mob; mobocracy
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Derived Formsochlocrat (ˈɒkləˌkræt), nounochlocratic (ˌɒkləˈkrætɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C16: via French, from Greek okhlokratia, from okhlos mob + kratos power
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Word Origin and History for ochlocracy

n.

"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."

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