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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

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

Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance.
James Bryant Conant

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

An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.
Nancy Mitford
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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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