Word-Built World: Kakistocracy

kak·i·sto·cra·cy/kakəˈstäkrəsē/Learn to pronouncenounnoun: kakistocracy

  1. government by the least suitable or competent citizens of a state.”the danger is that this will reduce us to kakistocracy”
    • a state or society governed by its least suitable or competent citizens.plural noun: kakistocracies“the modern regime is at once a plutocracy and a kakistocracy”


early 19th century: from Greek kakistos ‘worst’ + -cracy.

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