from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The system of patronage to senior positions in the bureaucracy of the Soviet Union and some other Communist states, controlled by committees at various levels of the Communist Party.
  • n. The lists of appointees matching the lists of patronage positions in such a system.
  • n. The appointees to these positions: "The . . . nomenklatura are perceived as draft-immune” ( Anthony Arnold).
  • n. The stratified, privileged class composed of these appointees.

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  • n. The system of bureaucratic patronage in the former Soviet Union.
  • n. The lists of appointments in this system, and the people on such lists.
  • n. The upper echelons of Soviet society.

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  • n. the system of patronage in communist countries; controlled by committees in the Communist Party


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Russian, from Latin nōmenclātūra, list of names; see nomenclature.

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From Russian номенклатура (nomenklatúra), from Latin nomenclatura ("a calling by name, list of names"), from nomen ("name") + calare ("call")


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  • "But the economic interests of this 'nomenklatura' aren't compatible with the state's future prosperity."

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  • In every communist system, the "nomenklatura," of which Clinton would certainly qualify as a member, will have access to special medical care, grocery stores, dachas, etc.

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  • At this time this is unlikely, because these two republics, particularly the former, are very tightly run by a "nomenklatura", which has survived Soviet times and has flourished ever since.


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  • But whereas in Latin America populist leaders tend to come from humble origins, a large number of Hungarian politicians, regardless of their party affiliation, are offsprings of the old nomenklatura, with no first-hand experience in the favelas.

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