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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.

Etymologies

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)

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