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

Examples of ochlocracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Ochlocracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ochlocracy. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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