Definitions

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

  • n. Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.

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  • 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

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

Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad; see caco- + -cracy.

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Ancient Greek κάκιστος (kakistos, "worst"), superlative of κακος (kakos, "bad") + -κρατια (-kratia, "power, rule, government").

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  • Citation on thurible.

    June 19, 2009

  • Kakistocracy (n): what we have now (if you are not a member of the ruling party).

    November 3, 2008

  • Kakistocracy (n): what we have now (if you are not a member of the ruling party).

    November 3, 2008

  • Word: kakistocracy. Definition: The government of a state by the worst citizens. A very useful word!

    (Helen Collins, London, England)

    October 15, 2008