demonocracy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

demon + -ocracy (epenthetic o + -cracy). The second sense arose due to the similarity of the words demonocracy and democracy.

Noun[edit]

demonocracy (plural demonocracies)

  1. A government by or of (supernatural) demons, such as the government which in some mythologies exists in Hell.
    • 1848, Frances Wright, England, The Civilizer: Her History Developed in its Principles:
      Thus we see, that while the theological and doctrinal poet inaugurated male supremacy in the person of the godhead in heaven, of humanity on earth, and of demonocracy in hell, so did the philosopher propound the universal prevalence, and irresistable omnipotence, of the male principle throughout the whole of existence.
    • 1904, Julius Goebel, The Etymology of Mephistopheles, in the Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, volume 35, page 148:
      [...] a magic book printed in 1612, in which the various dignitaries of the demonocracy are described according to their rank and position.
  2. Democracy (when regarded as resulting in, or being no better than, government by figurative demons (i.e., evil people), or when otherwise held in contempt).
    • 1971, Sidney J. Slomich, The american Nightmare, page 206:
      Tuning in, turning on, and dropping out are the politics of demonocracy, the counsel of despair leaving the field to adversaries, [...]
    • Muse (band), Assassin (song on album Black Holes and Revelations)
      Oppose and disagree, destroy demonocracy.