ochlocracy

noun
och·​loc·​ra·​cy | \ ä-ˈklä-krə-sē How to pronounce ochlocracy (audio) \

Definition of ochlocracy

: government by the mob : mob rule

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Other Words from ochlocracy

ochlocrat \ ˈä-​klə-​ˌkrat How to pronounce ochlocrat (audio) \ noun
ochlocratic \ ˌä-​klə-​ˈkra-​tik How to pronounce ochlocratic (audio) \ or ochlocratical \ ˌä-​klə-​ˈkra-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce ochlocratical (audio) \ adjective

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More commonly, ochlocracy functions through the legitimate organs of the state or through other entities, such as businesses and professional associations. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Crowder Isn’t a Threat to Public Safety," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of ochlocracy

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ochlocracy

Greek & Middle French; Middle French ochlocratie, from Greek ochlokratia, from ochlos mob + -kratia -cracy

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