ochlocracy

[ ok-lok-ruh-see ]
/ ɒkˈlɒk rə si /

noun

government by the mob; mob rule; mobocracy.

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Nearby words

  1. oche,
  2. ocher,
  3. ochlesis,
  4. ochlesitic,
  5. ochletic,
  6. ochlocrat,
  7. ochlophobia,
  8. ocho rios,
  9. ochoa,
  10. ochoa, severo

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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British Dictionary definitions for ochlocracy

ochlocracy

/ (ɒkˈlɒkrəsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

rule by the mob; mobocracy
Derived Formsochlocrat (ˈɒkləˌkræt), nounochlocratic (ˌɒkləˈkrætɪk), adjective

Word Origin for ochlocracy

C16: via French, from Greek okhlokratia, from okhlos mob + kratos power

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Word Origin and History for ochlocracy

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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