Undoubtedly, the enormous inherited fortunes of the aristocracy facilitated a certain eccentricity.
Villains, perhaps, but villains dressed to be popped right into the British aristocracy.
He quickly made a name for himself among the French aristocracy; among his patrons was Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III.
In the original, [Francis] came from aristocracy and privilege, but the American mythology is coming from nothing.
The British aristocracy is littered with stories of unmitigated spendthrifts who seem bent on self-destruction.
Never was it known that an aristocracy, which was haughty and tyrannical in one century, became easy and mild in the next.
He was sorry to see this tendency to aristocracy on the part of members.
These much-isolated people look upon themselves as Nature's aristocracy.
Such wisdom was altogether above the English aristocracy of that or any time.
As for those Egyptians who did not belong to this aristocracy, they had to be content with less expensive arrangements.
1560s, from Middle French aristocracie (Modern French aristocratie), from Late Latin aristocratia, from Greek aristokratia "government or rule of the best," from aristos "best" (originally "most fitting," from PIE *ar-isto-, superlative form of *ar- "to fit together;" see arm (n.1)) + kratos "rule, power" (see -cracy).
At first in a literal sense of "government by those who are the best citizens;" meaning "rule by a privileged class" (best-born or best-favored by fortune) is from 1570s and became paramount 17c. Hence, the meaning "patrician order" (1650s). In early use contrasted with monarchy; after French and American revolutions, with democracy.
A privileged, primarily hereditary ruling class, or a form of government controlled by such an elite.
Note: Traditionally, the disproportionate concentration of wealth, social status, and political influence in the aristocracy has been resented by the middle class and lower class.