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Ochlocracy



[ok-lok-ruh-see] /ɒkˈlɒk rə si/

noun
1.
government by the mob; mob rule; mobocracy.
/ɒkˈlɒkrəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
rule by the mob; mobocracy
noun

See mob rule
n.

“government by the rabble,” 1580s, from French ochlocratie (1560s), from Greek okhlokratia (Polybius) “mob rule,” the lowest grade of democracy, from kratos “rule, power, strength” (see -cracy) + okhlos “mob, populace,” perhaps literally “moving mass,” from PIE *wogh-lo-, from root *wegh- “to go, transport” in a vehicle (see weigh). For sense development, cf. mob (n.). Related: Ochlocratic; ochlocratical. Greek also had okhlagogos “mob-leader, ochlagogue.”

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