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ˌær əˈstɒk rə siaris·toc·ra·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nobility, aristocracy(noun)

    a privileged class holding hereditary titles

  2. gentry, aristocracy(noun)

    the most powerful members of a society

Wiktionary

  1. aristocracy(Noun)

    The nobility, or the hereditary ruling class

    Etymology: From aristocracie, from *, from άριστοκρατία, from aristos + -kratia, from kratein

  2. aristocracy(Noun)

    Government by such a class, or a state with such a government

    Etymology: From aristocracie, from *, from άριστοκρατία, from aristos + -kratia, from kratein

  3. aristocracy(Noun)

    A class of people considered (not normally universally) superior to others

    Etymology: From aristocracie, from *, from άριστοκρατία, from aristos + -kratia, from kratein

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aristocracy(noun)

    government by the best citizens

    Etymology: [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. .]

  2. Aristocracy(noun)

    a ruling body composed of the best citizens

    Etymology: [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. .]

  3. Aristocracy(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [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. .]

  4. Aristocracy(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [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. .]

Freebase

  1. Aristocracy

    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

  1. Aristocracy

    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.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aristocracy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aristocracy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of aristocracy in a Sentence

  1. Tom Robbins:

    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.

  2. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel:

    The East knew and to the present day knows only that One is Free; the Greek and the Roman world, that some are free; the German World knows that All are free. The first political form therefore which we observe in History, is Despotism, the second Democracy and Aristocracy, the third, Monarchy.

  3. Ann Landers:

    Class has a sense of humor. It knows that a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations. Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes. Class bespeaks an aristocracy unrelated to ancestors or money. Some extremely wealthy people have no class at all, while others who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it. Class is real. You can't fake it. Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not attempt to look better by making others look worse. Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because he is comfortable with himself. If you have class, you've got it made. If you don't have class, no matter what else you have, it won't make up for it.

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.

  5. G. C. Lichtenberg:

    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.

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