Ochlocracy

  • ochlocracy (greek: ὀχλοκρατία, romanizedokhlokratía; latin: ochlocratia) or mob rule is the rule of government by mob or a mass of people, or, the intimidation of legitimate authorities. as a pejorative for majoritarianism, it is akin to the latin phrase mobile vulgus, meaning "the fickle crowd", from which the english term "mob" originally was derived in the 1680s.

    ochlocracy is synonymous in meaning and usage to the modern, informal term "mobocracy", which arose in the 18th century as a colloquial neologism.

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Ochlocracy (Greek: ὀχλοκρατία, romanizedokhlokratía; Latin: ochlocratia) or mob rule is the rule of government by mob or a mass of people, or, the intimidation of legitimate authorities. As a pejorative for majoritarianism, it is akin to the Latin phrase mobile vulgus, meaning "the fickle crowd", from which the English term "mob" originally was derived in the 1680s.

Ochlocracy is synonymous in meaning and usage to the modern, informal term "mobocracy", which arose in the 18th century as a colloquial neologism.