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.
B. Jonson.

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.
Mrs. Browning.

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, n.

(Ar"is*to*crat`ism) n.

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.

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