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Definition of Aristocracy

Government by the best men.  (In this sense the word is obsolete; so is that kind of government.)  Fellows that wear downy hats and clean shirts -- guilty of education and suspected of bank accounts.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?śr?s?t?kr?s? n. (pl. -ies) 1 a the highest class in society; the nobility. b the nobility as a ruling class. 2 a government by the nobility or a privileged group. b a State governed in this way. 3 (often foll. by of) the best representatives or upper echelons (aristocracy of intellect; aristocracy of labour). [F aristocratie f. Gk aristokratia f. aristos best + kratia (as -CRACY)]

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