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  • n. the class of people exerting power or authority


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  • This evolution, however, is placed in the context of social history and Professor Girouard analyzes the way social forces and changes in class structure molded the buildings of the ruling class and the life which took place in them.

    Easy Living

  • Entrenched a ruling class which is distinguished by neither talent, culture, nor wit; kept alive for one more generation the distinctions of a dead age. '

    A Murder of Quality

  • The ruling class that had giventone to its society had practically disappeared; and the others, entirely unaccustomed to lead, were existing in a state of apparent bewilderment.

    A Charleston Love Story; or, Hortense Vanross

  • Even Clifford’s cool and contactless assurance that he belonged to the ruling class didn’t prevent his tongue lolling out of his mouth, as he panted after the bitch-goddess.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • But I don't believe in nationalities any more; nationalities are a curse, and as long as we have them, the ruling class will play us off, one against the other, to gain their own ends.

    Three Times and Out: A Canadian Boy's Experience in Germany

  • Bonaparte does not suspect it now, but when he returns to France he will be ready to take command of a revolutionary army, and use his knack to end the tyranny of the ruling class instead of using it to add meaningless crowns to King Charles's most unworthy head.

    He Don't Know Him

  • She felt almost upper class; and at the same time a resentment against the ruling class smouldered in her.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover


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