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1580s, from Middle French tymocracie, from Medieval Latin (13th century) timocratia, from Ancient Greek tīmokratíā, from τιμή, tīmē valuation; honor + -κρατία, -kratíā a rule, reign, from krateîn to rule (see -cracy).
timocracy (plural timocracies)
- (Platonism) A form of government in which ambition for honor, power and military glory motivates the rulers.
- (Aristotelianism) A form of government in which civic honor or political power increases with the amount of property one owns.
form of government