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[kak-uh-stok-ruh-see] /ˌkæk əˈstɒk rə si/

noun, plural kakistocracies.
government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.

1829, “government by the worst element of a society,” coined on analogy of its opposite, aristocracy, from Greek kakistos “worst,” superlative of kakos “bad” (which perhaps is related to the general IE word for “defecate;” see caco-) + -cracy.


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