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Definition of "aristocracy" []

  • A hereditary ruling class; nobility. (noun)
  • Government by a ruling class. (noun)
  • A state or country having this form of government. (noun)
  • Government by the citizens deemed to be best qualified to lead. (noun)
  • A state having such a government. (noun)
  • A privileged class of people usually of high birth; the nobility (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Such a class as the ruling body of a state (noun)
  • Government by such a class (noun)
  • A state governed by such a class (noun)
  • A class of people considered to be outstanding in a sphere of activity (noun)

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Use "aristocracy" in a sentence
  • "Let no one exclaim against aristocracy; were we all perfectly _equal to-day_, there would be an _aristocracy to-morrow_."
  • "Let no one exclaim against aristocracy; were we all perfectly _equal to-day_, there would be an _aristocracy to-morrow_."
  • "The agenda of the aristocracy is the destruction of western civilization."
  • "Rousseau's preference was for what he calls aristocracy, a government of the most wise and experienced."
  • "The agenda of the aristocracy is the destruction of western civilization."
  • "Rousseau's preference was for what he calls aristocracy, a government of the most wise and experienced."