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ochlocracy

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Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but anti-political, perhaps the most powerful of all anti-political human forces.
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Etymology

Originated 1475-1485, from Middle French ochlocratie from Ancient Greek ὀχλοκρατία (okhlokratia) from ὄχλος (okhlos), multitude, crowd) + κράτος (kratos), power).[1][2]

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ɒkˈlɒkɹəsi/
  • (US) IPA: /ɑkˈlɑkɻəsi/

Noun

Singular
ochlocracy

Plural
ochlocracies

ochlocracy (ochlocracies)
  1. Mob rule; government by the masses.

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References

  • Notes:
  1. ^ ochlocracy. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved February 27, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ochlocracy
  2. ^ ochlocracy. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved February 27, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ochlocracy

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