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


play \ˌtī-mə-ˈkra-tik\ or


play \-ti-kəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of timocracy

Middle English tymotracie, from Medieval 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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