ochlocracy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ochlocracy 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 Ochlocracy A form of government by the multitude; a mobocracy; mob rule.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ochlocracy The rule or ascendancy of the multitude or common people; mobocracy; mob-rule.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ochlocracy ok-lok′ra-si mob-rule: government by the populace
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; 'o`chlos the populace, multitude + kratei^n to be strong, to rule, kra`tos strength: cf. F. ochlocratie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. ochlokratiaochlos, the mob, kratia, rule.

Usage

In literature:

Beggars attack the common right; the ochlocracy rises against demos.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
They have appeared in autocracies, aristocracies, theocracies, democracies, and ochlocracies, all alike.
"What Social Classes Owe to Each Other" by William Graham Sumner
Oligarchies are unjust to the many, and ochlocracies are unjust to the few.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
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