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Definitions of aristocracy

  1. Government by the best citizens. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A ruling body composed of the best citizens. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A form a government, in which the supreme power is vested in the principal persons of a state, or in a privileged order; an oligarchy. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The nobles or chief persons in a state; a privileged class or patrician order; (in a popular use) those who are regarded as superior to the rest of the community, as in rank, fortune, or intellect. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Government by persons of the highest rank in a state; the nobility or chief persons in a state; those regarded as superior to the rest of their community in rank, wealth, or intellect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Government by the best men or nobles: the nobility or chief persons of a state. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A hereditary nobility, or government by such a nobility. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Government by the nobles; the nobility. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. Government by nobles; the nobility or chief persons of a country. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for aristocracy

  1. Will not the exercise of these powers therefore tend either to the establishment of a vile and arbitrary aristocracy or monarchy? – Essays on the Constitution of the United States by Paul Leicester Ford
  2. They both think as much of themselves as your aristocracy does- and mighty little of each other." – Lady-Betty-Across-the-Water by Lowell, Orson
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