American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Government by the worst men in the state: opposed to aristocracy, government by the best men.
- n. Government under the control of a nation's worst or least-qualified citizens.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Government by the worst men.
- Ancient Greek κάκιστος (kakistos, "worst"), superlative of κακος (kakos, "bad") + -κρατια (-kratia, "power, rule, government"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad; see caco- + -cracy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word kakistocracy, meaning "government by the worst citizens," is "a word worth remembering," he quips.”
“Why must we be ruled by a "kakistocracy" -- a government by the worst citizens?”
“Steve Bell's Gordon as a big baby in a pooh-filled nappy may well have created the perfect image of the "kakistocracy"...”
“After seven years of murder, mayhem and kakistocracy I am voting for ABR (Any But Republicans) this November.”
“That, if FMD is shown to have escaped because of flooding, will be a most grave matter which will undoubtedly redound on this Labour kakistocracy.”
“There's a website getyourkidtovote. com that encourages parents to send kakistocracy tee shirts to their college age kids to remind them and their classmates of the stakes in this election and to encourage them to vote.”
“The American poet James Russell Lowell wrote in a letter in 1876: "Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?”
“An example of nepotism that is poisoning us by Bucky the Commoner on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 10: 04: 25 AM from meritocracy to kakistocracy by Levon on Monday, Jul 14, 2008 at 10: 14: 26 AM”
“Whatever the depredations of the Bush kakistocracy, we are quite a ways (though not as far as we used to be) from a fascist dictatorship.”
“As we learned from the Madison girl in the spelling bee, the word being sought after by that author was "kakistocracy.”
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