Aristocracy

Definition of Aristocracy

Ar`is`toc´ra`cy
n.1.Government by the best citizens.
2.A ruling body composed of the best citizens.
In the Senate
Right not our quest in this, I will protest them
To all the world, no aristocracy.
- B. Jonson.
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.
The aristocracy of Venice hath admitted so many abuses, trough the degeneracy of the nobles, that the period of its duration seems approach.
- Swift.
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.

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