Timocracy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Timocracy (Gr. Antiq) A state in which the love of honor is the ruling motive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n timocracy A form of government in which a certain amount of property is requisite as a qualification for Office. The word has also been used for a government in which the ruling class, composed of the noblest and most honorable citizens, struggle for preëminence among themselves.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Timocracy tī-mok′rā-si a form of government in which a certain amount of property is a necessary qualification for office
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; honor, worth (fr. to honor) + to govern: cf. F. timocratie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. timokratiatimē, honour, kratein, to rule.

Usage

In literature:

But how did timocracy arise out of the perfect State?
"The Republic" by Plato
The constitution in the Laws is a timocracy of wealth, modified by an aristocracy of merit.
"Laws" by Plato
Timocracy, therefore, almost invariably paved the way to democracy.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Associated Words: timocracy, timocratic, honorary, honorific.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
A timocracy would therefore seem to unite the advantages of all forms of government and to avoid their respective abuses.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
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