2. (Zoöl.) Having a slender, sharp, or spinelike tip.
(Ar`is*toc"ra*cy) n.; pl. Aristocracies [Gr. best + to be strong, to rule, strength; 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. .]
1. Government by the best citizens.
2. A ruling body composed of the best citizens. [Obs.]
In the Senate
Right not our quest in this, I will protest them
To all the world, no aristocracy.
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.
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.
(A*ris"to*crat) n. [F. aristocrate. See Aristocracy.]
1. One of the aristocracy or people of rank in a community; one of a ruling class; a noble.
2. One who is overbearing in his temper or habits; a proud or haughty person.
A born aristocrat, bred radical.
3. One who favors an aristocracy as a form of government, or believes the aristocracy should govern.
His whole family are accused of being aristocrats.
(Ar`is*to*crat"ic Ar`is*to*crat"ic*al) a. aristocratique.]>
1. Of or pertaining to an aristocracy; consisting in, or favoring, a government of nobles, or principal men; as,
an aristocratic constitution.
2. Partaking of aristocracy; befitting aristocracy; characteristic of, or originating with, the aristocracy; as,
an aristocratic measure; aristocratic pride or manners. - - Ar`is*to*crat"ic*al*ly, adv. Ar`is*to*crat"ic*al*ness,
1. The principles of aristocrats. Romilly.
2. Aristocrats, collectively. [R.]
(Ar`is*tol"o*gy) n. [Gr. dinner + -logy.] The science of dining. Quart. Rev.
(Ar`is*to*phan"ic) a. Of or pertaining to Aristophanes, the Athenian comic poet.
(Ar`is*to*te"li*an) a. Of or pertaining to Aristotle, the famous Greek philosopher (384-322
b. c.). n. A follower of Aristotle; a Peripatetic. See Peripatetic.
(Ar`is*to*te"li*an*ism) The philosophy of Aristotle, otherwise called the Peripatetic philosophy.