Word of the Day: Kakistocracy

kak·is·toc·ra·cy

[kak-uhstok-ruh-see] 

noun, plural kak·is·toc·ra·cies.

government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.
Origin:
1820–30;  < Greek kákisto ( s ), superlative of kakós  bad + -cracy

ka·kis·to·crat·i·cal    [kuh-kis-tuhkrat-i-kuh], adjective
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Word Origin & History

kakistocracy

1829, “government by the worst element of a society,” coined on analogy of aristocracy from Gk. kakistos “worst,” superl. of kakos “bad” (which is perhaps related to the general IE word for “defecate”) + -kratia “rule of,” from kratos “strength, power, rule” (see -cracy).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Government under the control of a nation’s worst or least-qualified citizens.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Government by the worst men.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Government by the worst men in the state: opposed to aristocracy, government by the best men.

Etymologies

Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad; see caco- + -cracy.

(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Ancient Greek κάκιστος (kakistos, “worst”), superlative of κακος (kakos, “bad”) + -κρατια (-kratia, “power, rule, government”). (Wiktionary)
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