EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural ti·moc·ra·cies. a form of government in which love of honor is the dominant motive of the rulers. a form of government in which a certain amount of property is requisite as a qualification for office. Origin of timocracy 1580–90;
(< F) <
(combining form of
honor, worth) +
-kratia -cracy Related forms ti·mo·crat·ic , [tahy-m uh- krat-ik] /ˌtaɪ məˈkræt ɪk/ ti·mo·crat·i·cal, adjective
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timocracy, timocratic, honorary, honorific. British Dictionary definitions for timocracy noun plural -cies a political unit or system in which possession of property serves as the first requirement for participation in government a political unit or system in which love of honour is deemed the guiding principle of government Derived Forms timocratic ( 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 n.
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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