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pantisocracy

noun
  1. a community, social group, etc, in which all have rule and everyone is equal
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Word Origin

C18 (coined by Robert Southey): from Greek, from panto- + isos equal + -cracy
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Examples from the Web for pantisocracy

Historical Examples

  • Pantisocracy was indeed a happy episode for English literature.

    Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle

    H. N. Brailsford

  • The ideal is equality, and all society should be what Coleridge called a Pantisocracy.

  • Pantisocracy is relinquished; but he is engaged to be married.

  • Southey lost faith in Pantisocracy and went to live with his mother.

    Coleridge

    Samuel Levy Bensusan

  • In early manhood Coleridge planned a Pantisocracy where all the virtues were to thrive.

    Obiter Dicta

    Augustine Birrell


Word Origin and History for pantisocracy

n.

"ideal Utopian community in which all have equal rights," 1794, literally "equal rule of all," from Greek pant-, comb. form of pantos, genitive of pan "all" (see pan-) + isocratia "equality of power" (see isocracy).

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