One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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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