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Definition of Aristocracy


  1. Government by the best citizens.
  2. A ruling body composed of the best citizens.
  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. 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.

Aristocracy Quotations

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
Thomas Jefferson

Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
John Adams

In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.
Charles Baudelaire

It has always been the aim of royalty and aristocracy to lower the individual liberty and independence of the common people. A baron and a minute-man could not breathe the same air.
John Boyle O'Reilly

With the advent of chivalry, the art of boxing waned. The evolution of feudal aristocracy, with other and widely different exercises, pastimes and weapons from those of the common people, made boxing unfashionable.
John Boyle O'Reilly
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Aristocracy Translations

aristocracy in French is aristocratie
aristocracy in German is Aristokratie {f}, Aristokratie {f}, Adel {m}
aristocracy in Spanish is aristocracia
aristocracy in Swedish is aristokrati
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