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Pronunciation:  `ari'st√Ękrusee

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  1. [n]  the most powerful members of a society
  2. [n]  a privileged class holding hereditary titles

ARISTOCRACY is a 11 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: gentry, nobility
 See Also: aristocrat, baronage, blue blood, elite, Ferdinand and Isabella, knighthood, landed gentry, lords temporal, noblesse, patrician, peerage, samurai, second estate, squirearchy, upper class, upper crust, William and Mary



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

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