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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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1. a person who advocates government by the mob.
2. a member of a mobocracy.
See also: Government
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But what happens when that executive is not mentally fit to hold office?"; and on Leonte of The Winter's Tale, "When an autocratic, paranoid, narcissistic ruler sits down with a civil servant and asks for his loyalty, the state is in danger." With Cade, Greenblatt drops all coy pretensions, saying the mobocrat "promises to make England great again."
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