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.
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)