-crat, -cracy, -cratic, -cratism, -cratically, -cracies

(Greek: a suffix; to govern, to rule; government, strength, power, might, authority)

Good laws derive from evil habits.


Two characteristics of government are that it cannot do anything quickly, and that it never knows when to quit.

—Jeremy Thorpe
ineptocracy (s) (noun), ineptocracies (pl)
A system of government in which the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to take care of themselves or to succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers: There are those who say that examples of ineptocracies are the "occupy protesters movement" and the "economic crisis in Greece".
isocracy (s) (noun), isocracies (pl)
Equality of power or rule: Isocracy is a system of government in which all the people in the country possess equal political power.
isocratic (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to the equality of authority and rule: A dictatorship is certainly the opposite of an isocratic system of government in which all the people possess equal political power.
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.
kleptocracy, cleptocracy (s) (noun); kleptocracies; cleptocracies (pl)
A government characterized by rampant greed and corruption: In the magazine article that Clive was reading, it said that a kleptocracy was a ruling body consisting of criminals or thieves.
kleptocrat, cleptocrat (s) (noun); kleptocrats, cleptocrats (pl)
A political leader who is a part of a ruling body of thieves stealing from the people: There are nations that are ruled by governmental kleptocrats who live in luxury while the people live in poverty.
kritocracy (s) (noun), kritocracies (pl)
A government ruled by judges: Decisions and verdicts in a kritocracy are arrived at by the personal opinions of the judges.
krytocracy (s) (noun), krytocracies (pl)
A system of rule by Biblical judges: According to the Book of Exodus, krytocracy was a government in ancient Israel and began with Moses.
leucocratic (adjective), more leucocratic, nost leucocratic
In geology, pertaining to a rock which is composed mainly of light-colored minerals: Such leucocratic lumps of consolidated igneous matter contain a minimum of 90% felsic minerals.
logocracy (s) (noun), logocracies (pl)
A system of government that uses the power of words: In a logocracy, a devious or crafty use of words can manipulate people and create a power over others.

The word logocracy can signify a meaning in a positive, an ironical, or in a negative sense.

matriarchy (s) (noun), matriarchies (pl)
A government ruled by a mother, mothers, or women: A matriarchy is that form of a social organization in which the mother, and not the father, is the head of the family, and in which descents and relationships are determined by mothers and not fathers.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "master, lead, leading, ruler, ruling, govern": -agogic; agon-; arch-; dom-; gov-; magist-; poten-; regi-; tyran-.