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n. pl. mob·oc·ra·cies
1. Political control by a mob.
2. The mass of common people as the source of political control.

mob′o·crat (mŏb′ə-krăt′) n.
mob′o·crat′ic adj.
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n, pl -cies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) rule or domination by a mob
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the mob that rules
mobocrat n
ˌmoboˈcratic, ˌmoboˈcratical adj
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(mɒbˈɒk rə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. political control by a mob.
2. the mob as a ruling class.
mob′o•crat` (-əˌkræt) n.
mob`o•crat′ic, mob`o•crat′i•cal, adj.
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government by the mob; the mob as ruler or dominant force in society. — mobocrat, n. — mobocratic, adj.
See also: Crowds
government by the mob; the mob as ruler or dominant force in society. — mobocratic, adj.
See also: Government
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 mob-rule; rule by the lowest classes, 1754.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mobocracy - a political system in which a mob is the source of control; government by the masses
form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power
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Headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, it termed incidents of mob lynching as 'horrendous acts of mobocracy' and ruled that 'individual citizens cannot take law into their hands.'
The incidents have raised eyebrows, and the Supreme Court, last month, asked Parliament to consider enacting a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching, saying "horrendous acts of mobocracy" cannot be allowed to become a new norm.
The court labelled these 'horrendous acts of mobocracy' and suggested that new laws will solve the problem.
Injustice is synonymous to India's democracy that equals to mobocracy. Look at the plight of the minorities, the Dalits and add to it the agony of the Muslims living in India.