American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A state described by Plato as being governed on principles of honor and military glory.
- n. An Aristotelian state in which civic honor or political power increases with the amount of property one owns.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of government in which a certain amount of property is requisite as a qualification for Office. The word has also been used for a government in which the ruling class, composed of the noblest and most honorable citizens, struggle for preëminence among themselves.
- n. Platonism A form of government in which ambition for honor, power and military glory motivates the rulers.
- n. A form of government in which civic honor or political power increases with the amount of property one owns.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A state in which the love of honor is the ruling motive.
- n. A state in which honors are distributed according to a rating of property.
- From Medieval Latin timocratia, from Greek tīmokratíā, from tīmē valuation; honor + -kratíā a rule, reign, from krateîn to rule (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete French tymocracie, from Medieval Latin tīmocratia, from Greek tīmokratiā : tīmē, honor, value + -kratiā, -cracy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The four types of state as we know them in Hellas, are: the Spartan, where personal ambition and honour rule, which we call timocracy; the oligarchical, where wealth rules; the democratic; and the arbitrary rule of the individual, which we call tyranny.”
“Thus arises timocracy, which is intermediate between aristocracy and oligarchy.”
“Aristotle's mode of using words, would have been called a timocracy; and this in some cities, as at Athens, became the conducting medium to democracy.”
“-- The government of Athens, framed by Solon, was in effect a "timocracy," or rule of the rich.”
“Sometimes this oligarchical government gave way to a government based upon a qualification of property, which, according to Aristotle’s mode of using words, would have been called a timocracy; and this in some cities, as at Athens, became the conducting medium to democracy.”
“As countries went, England was already among the most democratic and the government the rebels formed was a timocracy (not that bad in my book, but worth noting to democratic fundamentalists).”
“As countries went, England was already among the most democratic and the government the rebels formed was a timocracy not that bad in my book, but worth noting to democratic fundamentalists.”
“The founding fathers created a timocracy in which most did not have the right to vote.”
“He contrasts the ideal city, in which the wise rule, and two would-be aristocracies, the timocracy in which the militaristically”
“Even the timocracy and oligarchy, for all their flaws, have public standards for value.”
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