American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Government based on rule by elders.
- n. A governing group of elders.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Government by old men.
- n. Government by elders.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare Government by old men.
- n. a political system governed by old men
- geronto- + -cracy, from Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)
“Perhaps because of this, analysts are increasingly inclined to use the word gerontocracy to define our form of government.”
“Democracy has no love for the old; and it is interesting to note that the word gerontocracy to which the ancients attached the most honourable meaning is now only a term of ridicule, and is applied only to a government which, because it is in the hands of old men, is therefore grotesque.”
“The word gerontocracy has appeared in four New York Times articles in the past year, including on Nov. 22 in "Saudi King Is Heading to U.S. for Medical Care," by Reuters:”
“The Turks believe that the era of political dinosaurs is gone and want to end what it refers to as 'gerontocracy' that has held the political reins of power since independence.”
“Such a towering figure is indeed a threat to the Beijing gerontocracy, as much as Andrei Sakharov was in denouncing the Soviet Union from 1968 and inspiring the Helsinki process as we grew up.”
“ÂÂ As a result, many Cubans -- especially the younger generation beaten down by decades of repression, deprived of inspiring contact with the outside world and denied broad access to the tools of communication are left waiting for the end of a gerontocracy.â¨â¨”
“As a result, many Cubans -- especially the younger generation beaten down by decades of repression, deprived of inspiring contact with the outside world and denied broad access to the tools of communication are left waiting for the end of a gerontocracy.”
“After the stiff and doddery gerontocracy of the Brezhnev years, here was a new man—confident, vigorous, comfortable speaking without notes.”
“At age 41, Alfano is young by the standards of Italy's gerontocracy of career politicians.”
“Will people who have been holding their positions for a dozen years be able to open access for others, or will we reproduce the Brezhnev model of gerontocracy?”
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