ineptocracy

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

inept, from French inepte (feckless) + -cracy, from Ancient Greek κράτος (kratos, strength, power).

NounEdit

ineptocracy (countable and uncountable, plural ineptocracies)

  1. (countable, pejorative) A government characterized by incompetent leaders.
    • 2011, Christopher Merrill, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expeditions, War, Milkweed Editions (2011), ISBN 9781571313058, page 46:
      "People like to talk about a neoconservative cabal in the White House," he said, referring to the chief architects of the Iraq War, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz. "But what you really have is an ineptocracy: these people can't do anything right."
  2. (uncountable, pejorative) The phenomenon of governance or leadership by the incompetent.
    • 2011, Richard Fry, "Another case of inept action by highways", Wells Journal, 17 November 2011:
      The road users should at least get some benefit from this waste, another case of Somerset Highways showing ineptocracy.

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Last modified on 2 March 2014, at 17:04