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timocracy

[ tahy-mok-ruh-see ]
/ taɪˈmɒk rə si /
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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.

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Origin of timocracy

First recorded in 1580–90; earlier timocratie, from French or directly from Greek tīmokratía, equivalent to tīmo- (combining form of tīmḗ “honor, worth”) + -kratia combining form meaning “government”; see origin at -cracy
ti·mo·crat·ic [tahy-muh-krat-ik], /ˌtaɪ məˈkræt ɪk/, ti·mo·crat·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for timocracy

timocracy
/ (taɪˈmɒkrəsɪ) /

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
timocratic (ˌtaɪməˈkrætɪk) or timocratical, adjective
C16: from Old French tymocracie, ultimately from Greek timokratia, from timē worth, honour, price + -cracy
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