Definition of kakistocracy in English:


Pronunciation /kakəˈstäkrəsē/ /kækəˈstɑkrəsi/

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  • 1Government by the least suitable or competent citizens of a state.

    ‘the danger is that this will reduce us to kakistocracy’
    • ‘every government that has existed since the ancient Greeks has been a prime example of kakistocracy’
    1. 1.1A state or society governed by its least suitable or competent citizens.
      ‘the modern regime is at once a plutocracy and a kakistocracy’
      • ‘the man on the street must share part of the blame for allowing such a kakistocracy to entrench itself’


Early 19th century from Greek kakistos ‘worst’ + -cracy.