What’s the Word #13 – Kakistocracy

March 12, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

kakistocracy (kak-i-STOK-rah-see)  [Click on the word to hear its correct pronunciation]

Noun:

  1. Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.
  2. Government by the worst element of a society.

Word Origin:

19th century: 1829, coined as an analogy of its opposite, aristocracy; from Greek kakistos – worst, superlative of kakos – bad  (+ -cracy).

Usage:

Ernie fears that a kakistocracy never before seen in the annals of recorded history will ensue if any of the current crop of “empty-suited” (or “empty pants-suited”) Presidential contenders wins the election.

 

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