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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Definitions for timocracy

  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.

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Citations for timocracy
The individual who answers to timocracy has some noticeable qualities. He is described as ill educated, but, like the Spartan, a lover of literature… Plato, “The Republic,” The Dialogues of Plato, translated by Benjamin Jowett, 1871
They say “timocracy” is rule by the military for the sole benefit of the military, that “plutocracy” is rule by the rich for the sole sake of the rich… Richard M. Salsman, "Capitalism Isn't Corporatism or Cronyism," Forbes, December 7, 2011
Origin of timocracy
Timocracy entered English in the late 1500s, and finds its roots in the Greek tīmḗ meaning "honor, worth," and krátos meaning “rule, strength, might.” In Greek, Plato used the "love of honor" sense of this term, and Aristotle used the "property" sense of this term.