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

  • n. Government by the masses; mob rule.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Mob rule; government by the masses; mobocracy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A form of government by the multitude; a mobocracy; mob rule.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The rule or ascendancy of the multitude or common people; mobocracy; mob-rule.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a political system in which a mob is the source of control; government by the masses

Etymologies

French ochlocratie, from Greek okhlokratiā : okhlos, mob; see wegh- in Indo-European roots + -kratiā, -cracy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originated 1475-1485, from Middle French ochlocratie, from Ancient Greek ὀχλοκρατία (okhlokratia), from ὄχλος (okhlos, "multitude, crowd") + κράτος (kratos, "power").[2] (Wiktionary)

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