Synonyms for aristocracy

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ar-uh-stok-ruh-see
Phonetic Transcription : ˌær əˈstɒk rə si

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Définition of aristocracy

Origin :
  • 1560s, from Middle French aristocracie (Modern French aristocratie), from Late Latin aristocratia, from Greek aristokratia "government or rule of the best," from aristos "best" (originally "most fitting," from PIE *ar-isto-, superlative form of *ar- "to fit together;" see arm (n.1)) + kratos "rule, power" (see -cracy).
  • At first in a literal sense of "government by those who are the best citizens;" meaning "rule by a privileged class" (best-born or best-favored by fortune) is from 1570s and became paramount 17c. Hence, the meaning "patrician order" (1650s). In early use contrasted with monarchy; after French and American revolutions, with democracy.
  • noun privileged class, government
Example sentences :
  • He was sorry to see this tendency to aristocracy on the part of members.
  • Extract from : « Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 7, May 14, 1870 » by Various
  • Such wisdom was altogether above the English aristocracy of that or any time.
  • Extract from : « The Man Shakespeare » by Frank Harris
  • Without an aristocracy, would there have been a middle class?
  • Extract from : « Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The English aristocracy and the celebrities of London came to the inauguration.
  • Extract from : « My Double Life » by Sarah Bernhardt
  • Living in a country where aristocracy does not exist, he had a high opinion of it.
  • Extract from : « Alarms and Discursions » by G. K. Chesterton
  • Aristocracy, like any other thing, must justify itself to mankind.
  • Extract from : « Alarms and Discursions » by G. K. Chesterton
  • It would be a rather poor way to derive the pride of aristocracy.
  • Extract from : « City of Endless Night » by Milo Hastings
  • I thought the aristocracy—the very highest—rode in hansoms.'
  • Extract from : « A Woman Intervenes » by Robert Barr
  • It is such a pity, too, for the butler is my ideal of what a member of the aristocracy should be.
  • Extract from : « A Woman Intervenes » by Robert Barr
  • For push and greed are among the commonest faults of an aristocracy.
  • Extract from : « A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II » by Mrs. Humphry Ward

Antonyms for aristocracy

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