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idiot +‎ -cracy. The word was coined by the writers of a 2006 movie about the topic, which is known for presaging (through caricature) what was to come.



idiocracy (countable and uncountable, plural idiocracies)

  1. (dark humor) A government run by idiots.
    • 2010, Jacob Weisberg, “Down With the People,” Slate, 6 February, 2010,[1]
      In trying to explain why our political paralysis seems to have gotten so much worse over the past year, analysts have rounded up a plausible collection of reasons including: President Obama's tactical missteps, the obstinacy of congressional Republicans, rising partisanship in Washington, the blustering idiocracy of the cable-news stations, and the Senate filibuster, which has devolved into a super-majority threshold for any important legislation.

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Do not confuse idiocracy ("rule by idiots") with its (historically older) homophones, idiocrasy ("idiosyncrasy") and ideocracy ("rule by ideologues").


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