ochlocracy (n.) "government by the rabble," 1580s, from Fr. ochlocratie (1560s), from Gk. okhlokratia "mob rule," from kratos "rule, power, strength" (see -CRACY (Cf. -cracy)) + okhlos "mob, populace," perhaps lit. "moving mass," from PIE *wogh-lo-, from root *wegh- "to go, transport" in a vehicle (see WEIGH (Cf. weigh)). Related: Ochlocratic; ochlocratical.

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  • ochlocracy — noun Etymology: Greek & Middle French; Middle French ochlocratie, from Greek ochlokratia, from ochlos mob + kratia cracy Date: 1584 government by the mob ; mob rule • ochlocrat noun • ochlocratic or ochlocratical adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ochlocracy — ochlocrat /ok leuh krat /, n. ochlocratic, ochlocratical, adj. ochlocratically, adv. /ok lok reuh see/, n. government by the mob; mob rule; mobocracy. [1475 85; < Gk ochlokratía, equiv. to óchl(os) mob + o O + kratia CRACY] * * * …   Universalium

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