One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of utopian social organization in which all are equal in social position and responsibility.
- ‘Coleridge even dreamt up a new word "Pantisocracy" to describe their new society: it meant "equal rule by all."’
- ‘Priestley left his home - what was left of it - went to London, and in 1794 emigrated to the banks of the Susquehanna River where he and other intellectuals tried to set up a utopian community (Pantisocracy).’
- ‘[Coleridge and Southey] threw themselves into planning Pantisocracy: an experimental and ideal community founded on human reason and directed toward human perfection.’
Late 18th century: from panto- ‘all’ + Greek isokratia ‘equality of power’.
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