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aristocracy

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French aristocracie, from Medieval Latin *aristocracia, from Ancient Greek άριστοκρατία (áristokratía, the rule of the best), from ἄριστος (áristos, best, noblest) + -κρατία (-kratía), from κράτος (krátos, power, rule)

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌæ.ɹɪˈstɒk.ɹə.si/
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NounEdit

aristocracy (plural aristocracies)

  1. The nobility, or the hereditary ruling class
  2. Government by such a class, or a state with such a government
  3. A class of people considered (not normally universally) superior to others

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