Share this entry
ochlocracy Line breaks: och|loc¦racy
Pronunciation: /ɒkˈlɒkrəsi/

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.

Derivatives

ochlocrat
noun
Example sentences
  • But every ochlocrat must meet his end on this boulevard.
ochlocratic
adjective
Example sentences
  • People have been accusing democratic systems of being ochlocratic since the mid-5th century BC.

Origin

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

Definition of ochlocracy in:
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources