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Definition of Aristocracy

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

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

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

Wherever magistrates were appointed from among those who complied with the injunctions of the laws, Socrates considered the government to be an aristocracy.
Xenophon

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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
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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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