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n. pl. och·loc·ra·cies
Government by the masses; mob rule.

[French ochlocratie, from Greek okhlokratiā : okhlos, mob; see wegh- in Indo-European roots + -kratiā, -cracy.]

och′lo·crat′ (ŏk′lə-krăt′) n.
och′lo·crat′ic, och′lo·crat′i·cal adj.
och′lo·crat′i·cal·ly adv.


n, pl -cies
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) rule by the mob; mobocracy
[C16: via French, from Greek okhlokratia, from okhlos mob + kratos power]
ochlocrat n
ochlocratic, ochlocratical adj
ˌochloˈcratically adv


(ɒkˈlɒk rə si)

government by the mob; mob rule.
[1475–85; < Greek ochlokratía=óchl(os) mob + -o- -o- + -kratia -cracy]
och′lo•crat` (-ləˌkræt) n.
och`lo•crat′ic, adj.


a rule or government by a mob. — ochlocrat, n. — ochlocratie, ochlocratical, adj.
See also: Mob


 rule by the mob, 1584.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ochlocracy - 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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Farogh Naseem said Ulemas can play an important role in eradication of ochlocracy. The Minister said we can work for development of the country by staying together.
"The demagogues make the decrees of the people override the laws." Following the Aristotelian approach, Polybius instead proposed the term "ochlocracy" to describe the government of the masses.
Will it be in the form of autocracy, despotism, ethnocracy, fascism, feudalism, kakistocracy, ochlocracy, tyranny or monarchy?
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Mankind, in its long and tedious progression since the beginning of recorded history, has tried various forms of government such as theocracy, gerontocracy, autocracy, oligarchy, tyranny, ochlocracy, democracy, etc.
It was "King Mob," the ochlocracy come to town, a nightmare for old Federalists and proto-Whigs, and it betokened eight years of coarse and knotty democratizing, for better and for worse.
Apparently, a small minority of people on purpose confuse the two words democracy and ochlocracy, merely because of their homophony.
Es un termino peyorativo coloquial que surgio en el siglo xVIII derivado del termino formal ochlocracy (oclocracia en espanol), el cual se refiere a un gobierno del pueblo que comunmente se confunde con una tirania de la mayoria.
But both positions pose a threat to civil society: the former position pushes democracy towards ochlocracy, the latter towards autocracy.
But their greatest pitfall is that each too easily deviates into its opposite: kingship into tyranny, aristocracy into oligarchy, and democracy into ochlocracy (mob rule).