Definition of mob rule in English:

mob rule


  • Control of a political situation by those outside the conventional or lawful realm, typically involving violence and intimidation.

    • ‘Perhaps you don't understand this, but mob rule and democracy are different things.’
    • ‘A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.’
    • ‘They also base themselves on a model of democracy half a step above mob rule.’
    • ‘Should an attempt be made the only likely result was mob rule or anarchy.’
    • ‘If they think they can somehow use mob rule to gain some sort of standing in the community they are sorely mistaken.’
    • ‘‘Unfiltered democracy’ is most certainly mob rule, whether you like it or not.’
    • ‘Perhaps we should ask them if they understand the difference between democracy and mob rule.’
    • ‘Fury, on the other hand, descends quickly and unrelentingly into solemn and emotional intensity against mob rule and violence.’
    • ‘For democracy without the rule of law is mob rule, and the rule of law is not built by democratic means.’
    • ‘Anything less is a concession that the rule of law can be usurped by mob rule.’
    • ‘He would have known that there had been a popular uprising leading to mob rule, the overthrow of monarchy and persecution of the nobility.’
    • ‘And it marks the beginning of racial hatred, of mob rule, of racial segregation, of mindless violence and terror.’
    • ‘Put a large group of humans together and you get chaos, mob rule, anarchy.’
    • ‘He couldn't expect to stay in charge by allowing this mob rule to take place.’
    • ‘The fact you're trying to organise mob rule is enough to make me see the flaw in the plan, let alone anything else.’
    • ‘And as for politicians not having changed anything, are you suggesting we just give up democracy and go for mob rule?’
    • ‘More often, in fact, they are foot soldiers of totalitarian regimes and of mob rule.’
    • ‘Today most of us are in favour of democracy, but in earlier times it meant mob rule and then it was quite alarming.’
    • ‘Most serious of all, it is beginning to seem like a pattern of mindless media mob rule against an elected government’.’
    • ‘But on close examination the scene looks less like a victory for democracy than a case of mob rule.’


mob rule

/ˌmäb ˈro͞ol/