noun, plural ti·moc·ra·cies.
  1. a form of government in which love of honor is the dominant motive of the rulers.
  2. a form of government in which a certain amount of property is requisite as a qualification for office.

Origin of timocracy

1580–90; earlier timocratie (< F) < Greek tīmokratía, equivalent to tīmo- (combining form of tīmḗ honor, worth) + -kratia -cracy
Related formsti·mo·crat·ic [tahy-muh-krat-ik] /ˌtaɪ məˈkræt ɪk/, ti·mo·crat·i·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for timocracy

Historical Examples of timocracy

  • The individual who answers to timocracy has some noticeable qualities.

  • Yes, that is the type of character which answers to timocracy.

  • Ought I not to begin by describing how the change from timocracy to oligarchy arises?

  • The constitution in the Laws is a timocracy of wealth, modified by an aristocracy of merit.



  • Associated words: timocracy, timocratic, honorary, honorific.

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British Dictionary definitions for timocracy


noun plural -cies
  1. a political unit or system in which possession of property serves as the first requirement for participation in government
  2. a political unit or system in which love of honour is deemed the guiding principle of government
Derived Formstimocratic (ˌtaɪməˈkrætɪk) or timocratical, adjective

Word Origin for timocracy

C16: from Old French tymocracie, ultimately from Greek timokratia, from timē worth, honour, price + -cracy
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Word Origin and History for timocracy

1580s, from Middle French tymocracie, from Medieval Latin timocratia (13c.), from Greek timokratia, from time "honor, worth" (related to tiein "to place a value on, to honor") + -kratia "rule" (see -cracy). In Plato's philosophy, a form of government in which ambition for power and glory motivates the rulers (as in Sparta). In Aristotle, a form of government in which political power is in direct proportion to property ownership.

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