from The Century Dictionary.
- Pertaining to aristocracy or a ruling oligarchy; consisting in or pertaining to the rule of a privileged class; oligarchic: as, an aristocratic constitution; an aristocratic government.
- Pertaining to, resembling, or befitting the nobility or men of rank; resembling in manners or character the aristocracy or higher classes in a community: as, aristocratic pride; aristocratic in sentiment.
- Belonging to an aristocracy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Of or pertaining to an aristocracy; consisting in, or favoring, a government of nobles, or principal men.
- adjective Partaking of aristocracy; befitting aristocracy; characteristic of, or originating with, the aristocracy
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Of or pertaining to an
aristocracy; consisting in, or favoring, a government of nobles, or principalmen.
- adjective Partaking of aristocracy; befitting aristocracy; characteristic of, or originating with, the aristocracy.
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- adjective belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
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In using the term aristocratic literature I have in mind an intellectual rather than a social category.
Russian Noblesse has little or nothing of what we call aristocratic feeling -- little or nothing of that haughty, domineering, exclusive spirit which we are accustomed to associate with the word aristocracy.
Mr. Millbank ever to enter what he called aristocratic society.
She was even once stopped in her carriage, which they called aristocratic, because of its arms and ornaments, and threatened to be murdered, and only saved by one of the worst wretches of the Convention, Tallien, who feared provoking a war with Sweden, from such an offence to the wife of its ambassador.
He published his first composition at age seven and began performing in aristocratic salons at eight.
He looks kind of like a foppish dandy … kind of aristocratic from the waist up.
Anglomania was pretty rife in aristocratic Paris, and the author of my main source (Cornelia Otis Skinner) was an expert on 1890s/1900s Parisian society.
For the Straussians modernity since Machiavelli has been a straight path to nihilism where all understanding of political virtue has been lost along with respect for a social hierarchy rooted in aristocratic values.
The period awareness of the book as physical object owed much to the curious phenomenon of bibiliomania, the sudden fashion for collecting early printed books and manuscripts that erupted in aristocratic and wealthy circles in the first two decades of the century and led to the formation in 1812 of the exclusive Roxburghe Club, forerunner of the learned reprint societies that were to flourish later in the century.
The "advantages" which Wortley Montagu enjoyed, conferred by her gender and class, allowed her to move with relative ease in aristocratic Turkish circles, and caused her to dismiss earlier travellers 'versions of the Levant as fictitious (Montagu 146).