kakistocracy

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kak·is·toc·ra·cy

 (kăk′ĭ-stŏk′rə-sē, kä′kĭ-)
n. pl. kak·is·toc·ra·cies
Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.

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

(ˌkækɪˈstɒkrəsɪ)
n, pl -cies
a government by the least able or worst citizens
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kakistocracy

a system of rule by the worst men.
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