timocracy

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Etymology[edit]

1580s, from Middle French tymocracie, from Medieval Latin (13th century) timocratia, from Ancient Greek τῑμοκρατίᾱ (tīmokratíā), from τῑμή (tīmḗ, valuation; honor) + -κρατίᾱ (-kratíā, a rule, reign), from κρατέω (kratéō, to rule) (see -cracy).

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timocracy (plural timocracies)

  1. (Platonism) A form of government in which ambition for honor, power and military glory motivates the rulers.
  2. (Aristotelianism) A form of government in which civic honor or political power increases with the amount of property one owns.

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