by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Logoc’racy, n. government by the power of words.

Word in the Wild: Without these avenues that allow us to amend the law, the justice system risks becoming a totalizing logocracy.

Although “government by the power of words” may sound as if it is a form of government based on the power of rhetorical skill, it actually describes a society at the mercy of the inflexible words of an exalted code or text.

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