mobocracy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mobocracy a political system in which a mob is the source of control; government by the masses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mobocracy A condition in which the lower classes of a nation control public affairs without respect to law, precedents, or vested rights. "It is good name that Dr. Stevens has given to our present situation (for one can not call it a government), a mobocracy ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mobocracy Government by the mob or populaeo; ochlocracy; governing power exercised or controlled by the disorderly classes. Compare ochlocracy.
    • n mobocracy The mob; the populace; the common crowd; the uneducated or lawless class in a community.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mobocracy rule or ascendency exercised by the mob
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Mob, rabble + -cracy, as in democracy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contr. for L. mobile (vulgus), the fickle (multitude); movēre to move.

Usage

In literature:

What we need, to ward off mobocracy and safeguard a civilized form of government, is more of this sniffing.
"In Defense of Women" by H. L. Mencken
THAT MOBOCRACY IS SUPREME in many parts of the Union is no longer a mooted question.
"History of Negro Soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and Other Items of Interest" by Edward A. Johnson
Already "mobocracy," "the faction," "sedition," were familiar terms among them.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
But who was to blame for this spirit of mobocracy?
"The Crisis of Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-One In The Government of The United States." by A. D. Steight
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