Definitions for ochlocracyɒkˈlɒk rə si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

och•loc•ra•cyɒkˈlɒk rə si(n.)

  1. government by the mob; mob rule.

    Category: Government

Origin of ochlocracy:

1475–85; < Gk ochlokratía=óchl(os) mob +-o- -o - +-kratia -cracy

och`lo•crat′ic(adj.)

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  1. ochlocracy(Noun)

    Mob rule; government by the masses; mobocracy.

  2. Origin: Originated 1475-1485, from ochlocratie, from ὀχλοκρατία, from ὄχλος + κράτος.\

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  1. Ochlocracy

    Ochlocracy or mob rule is government by mob or a mass of people, or the intimidation of legitimate authorities. As a pejorative for majoritarianism, it is akin to the Latin phrase mobile vulgus meaning "the fickle crowd", from which the English term "mob" was originally derived in the 1680s. Ochlocracy is democracy spoiled by demagoguery, "tyranny of the majority" and the rule of passion over reason, just like oligarchy is aristocracy spoiled by corruption, and tyranny is monarchy spoiled by lack of virtue. Ochlocracy is synonymous in meaning and usage to the modern, informal term "mobocracy," which emerged from a much more recent colloquial etymology.

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