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ochlocracy

Line breaks: och|loc¦racy
Pronunciation: /ɒkˈlɒkrəsi
 
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Definition of ochlocracy in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Government by the populace; mob rule.
Example sentences
  • Sometimes ochlocracy and democracy, perhaps, denote and connote the same thing.
  • Therefore, it is never political virtue that profits by or promotes extreme democracy or ochlocracy, but it is instead the demagogue's ambition.

Origin

late 16th century: via French from Greek okhlokratia, from okhlos 'mob' + -kratia 'power'.

Derivatives

ochlocrat

1
noun
Example sentences
  • But every ochlocrat must meet his end on this boulevard.

ochlocratic

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • People have been accusing democratic systems of being ochlocratic since the mid-5th century BC.

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