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timocracy

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noun ti·moc·ra·cy \tī-ˈmä-krə-sē\

Definition of timocracy

  1. 1 :  government in which a certain amount of property is necessary for office

  2. 2 :  government in which love of honor is the ruling principle

ti·mo·crat·ic play \ˌtī-mə-ˈkra-tik\ or ti·mo·crat·i·cal play \-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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