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definition of the word meritocracy

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

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



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.

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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