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[mass noun] Government by the populace; mob rule.
- ‘Sometimes ochlocracy and democracy, perhaps, denote and connote the same thing.’
- ‘Therefore, it is never political virtue that profits by or promotes extreme democracy or ochlocracy, but it is instead the demagogue's ambition.’
Late 16th century: via French from Greek okhlokratia, from okhlos mob + -kratia power.
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