Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of government in which a certain amount of property is requisite as a qualification for Office.

Etymologies

Obsolete French tymocracie, from Medieval Latin tīmocratia, from Greek tīmokratiā : tīmē, honor, value + -kratiā, -cracy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin timocratia, from Greek tīmokratíā, from tīmē valuation; honor + -kratíā a rule, reign, from krateîn to rule (Wiktionary)

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  • Or, for the super nerdy, government by those who ping you for one damage.

    September 27, 2007

  • Rule by people called Tim.

    September 26, 2007