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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

An organized effort is making to deceive the people. There are two great enemies of thought and progress, the aristocracy of royalty and the aristocracy of gold.
Mary Elizabeth Lease

Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people.
George Jean Nathan

There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
Thomas Jefferson
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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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