noun, plural ti·moc·ra·cies.
Origin of timocracy
Examples from the Web for timocracy
Yes, that is the type of character which answers to timocracy.The Republic|Plato
Out of this timocracy, or timarchy, the city will next pass into an oligarchy, or government of wealth.
Associated words: timocracy, timocratic, honorary, honorific.Putnam's Word Book|Louis A. Flemming
Timocracy, therefore, almost invariably paved the way to democracy.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Between the Eupatrid oligarchy and the rule of Peisistratus there comes the timocracy of Solon.
British Dictionary definitions for timocracy
noun plural -cies
Word Origin for timocracy
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.