MEANING: noun: Government that rules by physical force.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek chiro- (hand) + -cracy (rule), alluding to a rule by a strong hand or a heavy-handed rule. Earliest documented use: 1677.

CAIROCRACY - government by Egypt

SHIROCRACY - government by Hobbits

CHIROCRAZY - when your specialist in spinal manipulation claims to cure cancer, heart disease, and diabetes