Government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.
Burt Wheeler arrived in Washington as a Senator in 1923, when the backwash of war and prohibition had brought America about as near to kakistocracy as it has ever come.
Hubert Kay, “Burton K. Wheeler,” Life, May 19, 1941
Kakistocracy entered English in the early 1800s from the Greek word kákistos meaning “worst,” and -cracy, a combining form meaning “rule” or “government.”
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