n. pl. och·loc·ra·cies
Government by the masses; mob rule.
[French ochlocratie, from Greek okhlokratiā : okhlos, mob; see wegh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -kratiā, -cracy.]
ochlo·crat′ (ŏklə-krăt′) n.
och′lo·cratic, och′lo·crati·cal adj.
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