a privileged class holding hereditary titles
the most powerful members of a society
The nobility, or the hereditary ruling class
Government by such a class, or a state with such a government
A class of people considered (not normally universally) superior to others
Origin: From aristocracie, from *, from άριστοκρατία, from aristos + -kratia, from kratein
government by the best citizens
a ruling body composed of the best citizens
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 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
Origin: [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. .]
Aristocracy is a form of government in which power is in the hands of a small, privileged, ruling class. The term derives from the Greek aristokratia, meaning "rule of the best". At the time of the word's origins in Ancient Greece, it was conceived as rule by the best qualified citizens and was often contrasted favourably with monarchy, the rule of a single individual. In later times, aristocracy was usually seen as rule by a privileged group, the aristocratic class, and was contrasted with democracy.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ar-is-tok′ras-i, n. government by the men of best birth or condition: political power of a privileged order: the nobility or chief persons of a state: the upper classes generally, also the persons noted for superiority in any quality, taken collectively—also Aristarch′y (rare).—n. Aristocrat (ar′is-to-krat, or ar-is′-), one who belongs to or favours an aristocracy: a haughty person.—adjs. Aristocrat′ic, -al, belonging to aristocracy: gentlemanly, stylish.—adv. Aristocrat′ically.—n. Aristocrat′ism. [Gr. aristos, best, and kratos, power.]
The numerical value of aristocracy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of aristocracy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The principle here is not to create a permanent aristocracy.
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
There exists a false aristocracy based on family name, property, and inherited wealth. But there likewise exists a true aristocracy based on intelligence, talent and virtue.
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- aristocràciaCatalan, Valencian
- aristokrataro, aristokratioEsperanto
- 貴族政治, 貴族, 特権階級Japanese
- kāhui arikiMāori
- aristocratie, adelDutch
- знать, аристократияRussian
- aristokrati, adelSwedish
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