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meritocracy

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EtymologyEdit

merit, from Latin mereō (earn) + -cracy, from Ancient Greek κράτος (krátos, strength, power).

Coined in 1958 by Michael Young, in his book Rise of the Meritocracy.[1]

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NounEdit

meritocracy (plural meritocracies)

  1. Rule by merit, and talent. By extension, now often used to describe a type of society where wealth, income, and social status are assigned through competition.

Usage notesEdit

Though widely used as a term of praise,[2] the term was original coined as a satire, and a critique of awarding educational achievement.[1]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Down with meritocracy, by Michael Young, in The Guardian, June 29, 2001.
  2. ^ Meritocracy's Lab Rat, by Timothy Noah