caco-, cac-, kako-, kak-

(Greek: bad, harsh, wrong, evil; incorrect; unpleasant; poor; used most of the time as a prefix)

kakistocracy (kak" i STAHK ruh see, ka" ki STAHK ruh see) (s) (noun), kakistocracies (pl)
1. A state, country, or place that is governed by the worst, unqualified, or least competent people: It is obvious that kakistocracies exist in several parts of the world and cause many of their citizens to be desperate to immigrate to other countries in hopes of finding better living conditions.
2. Etymology: from Greek kakistos, "worst", a superlative of kakos, "bad".

If men and women of capacity refuse to take part in politics and government, they condemn themselves, as well as the people, to the punishment of living under a bad government.

-Senator Sam J. Ervin
Government ruled by the worst person or people.
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kakistocrat (s) (noun), kakistocrats (pl)
An unprincipled person in a government position or an incompetent leader of a corrupt governing system: After he was elected, the governor proved to be another kakistocrat who was enriching his supporter and letting the state fall into economic ruin.
kakistocratic (adjective), more kakistocratic, most kakistocratic
A reference to a bad administration or management of a political system that is in charge of governing people: When the people voted to have a new leader of the country, they didn't expect to have a kakistocratic regime making their lives miserable.
kakistocratical (adjective), more kakistocratical, most kakistocratical
Relating to a form of government that is controlled by its corrupt or morally bad political leader: In Jane's history book she read about some kakistocratical systems of ruling that led to the devastation of their nation.
kakistocratically (adverb), more kakistocratically, most kakistocratically
A reference to how a person, elected by the people, turns out to be inexperienced, incompetent, or too corrupt to be the head of a government: There are some voters of places in the world who discover that a person is kakistocratically dishonest, unscrupulous, untrustworthy, and nefarious to be governing their country, cities, etc.
kakorraphiaphobia, kakorraphiophobia (s) (noun); kakorraphiaphobias, kakorraphiophobias (pl)
An irrational distress of failure, defeat, or of "looking bad": Jessica, affected by kakorraphiophobia, always studied very hard for her classes in school because she definitely wanted to be the best student of all of her classmates that year.
kakorrhaphiophobia (s) (noun), kakorrhaphiophobias (pl)
An excessive horror of failure or a dread of bad planning: Before going with Sam on their trip to Canada from California, Jane had kakorrhaphiophobia and was very much afraid that he would not make sure that his arrangements would make their trip successful.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "bad, wrong": dys-; mal-; mis-; pessim-; sceler-.