Definition of ochlocracy in English:


Pronunciation /äkˈläkrəsē/ /ɑkˈlɑkrəsi/

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  • Government by a mob; mob rule.

    ‘Sometimes ochlocracy and democracy, perhaps, denote and connote the same thing.’
    • ‘Therefore, it is never political virtue that profits by or promotes extreme democracy or ochlocracy, but it is instead the demagogue's ambition.’


Late 16th century via French from Greek okhlokratia, from okhlos ‘mob’ + -kratia ‘power’.