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Ar`is*toc"ra*cy (&unr_;), n.; pl. Aristocracies (&unr_;). [Gr. &unr_;; &unr_; best + &unr_; to be strong, to rule, &unr_; strength; &unr_; is perh. from the same root as E. arm, and orig. meant fitting: cf. F. aristocratie. See Arm, and Create, which is related to Gr. &unr_;.] 1. Government by the best citizens.
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2. A ruling body composed of the best citizens. [Obs.]
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In the Senate
Right not our quest in this, I will protest them
To all the world, no aristocracy.
B. Jonson.
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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.
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The aristocracy of Venice hath admitted so many abuses, trough the degeneracy of the nobles, that the period of its duration seems approach. Swift.
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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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