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aristocracy


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aristocracy  \Ar`is*toc"ra*cy\,  n.;  pl  {Aristocracies}.  [Gr.  ?; 
  ?  best  +  ?  to  be  strong,  to  rule  ?  strength;  ?  is  perh.  from 
  the  same  root  as  E.  arm,  and  orig.  meant  fitting:  cf  F. 
  aristocratie.  See  {Arm},  and  {Create},  which  is  related  to 
  Gr  ?.] 
  1.  Government  by  the  best  citizens. 
 
  2.  A  ruling  body  composed  of  the  best  citizens.  [Obs.] 
 
  In  the  Senate  Right  not  our  quest  in  this  I  will 
  protest  them  To  all  the  world,  no  aristocracy.  --B. 
  Jonson 
 
  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. 
 
  The  aristocracy  of  Venice  hath  admitted  so  many 
  abuses,  trough  the  degeneracy  of  the  nobles,  that 
  the  period  of  its  duration  seems  approach.  --Swift. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aristocracy 
  n  1:  a  privileged  class  holding  hereditary  titles  [syn:  {nobility}] 
  2:  the  most  powerful  members  of  a  society  [syn:  {gentry}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  ARISTOCRACY,  n.  Government  by  the  best  men.  (In  this  sense  the  word 
  is  obsolete;  so  is  that  kind  of  government.)  Fellows  that  wear  downy 
  hats  and  clean  shirts  --  guilty  of  education  and  suspected  of  bank 
  accounts. 
 
 




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