timocracy


ti·moc·ra·cy

noun \tī-ˈmä-krə-sē\

Definition of TIMOCRACY

1
:  government in which a certain amount of property is necessary for office
2
:  government in which love of honor is the ruling principle
ti·mo·crat·ic \ˌtī-mə-ˈkra-tik\ or ti·mo·crat·i·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective

Origin of TIMOCRACY

Middle English tymotracie, from Middle French tymocracie, from Medieval Latin timocratia, from Greek timokratia, from timē price, value, honor + -kratia -cracy; akin to Greek tiein to honor, Sanskrit cāyati he respects
First Known Use: 15th century

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