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Aristocracy meaning

aristocracy - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. Government by the best citizens.
  2. 2. A ruling body composed of the best citizens.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 5. Government by nobles; nobility.

aristocracy - examples of usage

  1. He had not at all expected to hear of them again, just after escaping from a norther in the Gulf of Mexico, but, without being aware of it, he was learning a great deal about the old Spanish- Mexican aristocracy, and why it could not easily become truly republican, even in the New World, which is beginning to grow old on its own account. - "Ahead of the Army", W. O. Stoddard.
  2. " Well, of all the phenomena of the day, that is the most ludicrous," he cried, "- the so- called aristocracy thinking that they can produce anything in the shape of art or literature. - "Prince Fortunatus", William Black.
  3. Members of the aristocracy, eminent in public life and accomplished as orators, became themselves authors of tragedies. - "The Roman Poets of the Republic", W. Y. Sellar.
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