kakistocracy


kakistocracy

noun, plural kak·is·toc·ra·cies.

  1. government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.
n.

1829, “government by the worst element of a society,” coined on analogy of its opposite, aristocracy, from Greek kakistos “worst,” superlative of kakos “bad” (which perhaps is related to the general IE word for “defecate;” see caco-) + -cracy.

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