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ochlocracy

[ ok-lok-ruh-see ]
/ ɒkˈlɒk rə si /
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noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ochlocracy

och·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 forms of ochlocracy

ochlocrat (ˈɒkləˌkræt), nounochlocratic (ˌɒkləˈkrætɪk), adjective

Word Origin for ochlocracy

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