- in the philosophy of Plato, a form of government in which ambition for power and glory motivates the rulers
- in the philosophy of Aristotle, a form of government in which political power is in direct proportion to property ownership
Origin of timocracyMiddle French tymocracie ; from Medieval Latin timocratia ; from Classical Greek timokratia ; from tim?, honor, worth (; from Indo-European base an unverified form kwei-, to heed, value from source Lithuanian káina, worth, price) + kratia (see -cracy)
- A state described by Plato as being governed on principles of honor and military glory.
- An Aristotelian state in which civic honor or political power increases with the amount of property one owns.
Origin of timocracyObsolete French tymocracie, from Medieval Latin t&imacron;mocratia, from Greek t&imacron;mokratia : t&imacron;m&emacron;, honor, value + -kratia, -cracy.
- (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.
1580s, from Middle French tymocracie, from Medieval Latin (13th century) Medieval Latin timocratia, from Greek tÄ«mokratÃÄ, from Ï„Î¹Î¼Î®, tÄ«mÄ“ valuation; honor + -ÎºÏÎ±Ï„Î¯Î±, -kratÃÄ a rule, reign, from krateÃ®n to rule (see -cracy).