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n. pl. ti·moc·ra·cies
1. A state described by Plato as being governed on principles of honor and military glory.
2. An Aristotelian state in which civic honor or political power increases with the amount of property one owns.

[Obsolete French tymocracie, from Medieval Latin tīmocratia, from Greek tīmokratiā : tīmē, honor, value + -kratiā, -cracy.]

ti′mo·crat′ic (tī′mə-krăt′ĭk) adj.


n, pl -cies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a political unit or system in which possession of property serves as the first requirement for participation in government
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a political unit or system in which love of honour is deemed the guiding principle of government
[C16: from Old French tymocracie, ultimately from Greek timokratia, from timē worth, honour, price + -cracy]
timocratic, ˌtimoˈcratical adj


(taɪˈmɒk rə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. government in which love of honor is the dominant motive of the rulers.
2. government in which a certain amount of property is requisite as a qualification for office.
[1580–90; ultimately < Greek tīmokratía=tīmo-, comb. form of tīmḗ honor, worth + -kratia -cracy]
ti`mo•crat′ic (-məˈkræt ɪk) adj.


1. Platonism. a state in which a love of honor and glory is the guiding principle of the rulers.
2. Aristotelianism. a state in which the ownership of property is a qualification for office. — timocratie, timocratical, adj.
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I know of no name for such a government other than timocracy, or perhaps timarchy.
First, then, I said, let us enquire how timocracy (the government of honour) arises out of aristocracy (the government of the best).
For defining and analyzing all six types of faculty voting systems, in the following section we will elaborate on the basis of six academic theories: (1) meritocracy, (2) bureaucracy, (3) multiculturallacy, (4) timocracy, (5) plutocracy, and (6) kakistocracy in more depth.
3) In the Republic--I will return at length in this work--Plato identifies four types of government: timocracy (military society organized around imperialism); a sort of oligarchy (elite government by minority); tyranny/fascism (the government of One); and democracy (the government of the People's Assembly).
This reversal is the result of imperfections in how human beings governed themselves, which were illustrated by timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, and tyranny.
Sherberg aligns these relations with "the political models [Aristotle] discusses--monarchy, aristocracy, and timocracy and their negatives, tyranny, oligarchy, and democracy--[which] actually mimic, to his mind, the relationships, functional and dysfunctional respectively, found in families" (Governance 2-3).
The lay bets at the centre of the probe were placed on the Dehdashti-ridden Acosta, who was pulled up when 14-1 for a handicap hurdle at Huntingdon in May 2011; Jezza, fourth under Andrew Glassonbury when 7-1 for a maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot the following month; and Timocracy, a 12-1 chance partnered by Paddy Brennan when ninth of 13 in a handicap hurdle at Market Rasen in July that year.
Depending of the characters in the citadel Platon highlights the following forms of governing: timocracy or timarchy, constitution amateur of honors, then, oligarchy or the oligarchic, in the third place, democracy as well as the democratic individual, and in the fourth place, tyranny or the tyrannical soul.
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Love of money crowds out love of virtue, so timocracy becomes oligarchy and ultimately despotism.
timocracy, 3) "government of vileness and minority" (dubbar saytuta wa-zor yuta), i.