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[uh-ris-tuh-krat-ik, ar-uh-stuh-] /əˌrɪs təˈkræt ɪk, ˌær ə stə-/
of or relating to government by an aristocracy.
belonging to or favoring the aristocracy.
characteristic of an aristocrat; having the manners, values, or qualities associated with the aristocracy:
aristocratic bearing; aristocratic snobbishness.
Also, aristocratical.
Origin of aristocratic
1595-1605; < Greek aristokratikós pertaining to aristocracy; see -ic
Related forms
aristocratically, adverb
aristocraticalness, aristocraticness, noun
antiaristocratic, adjective
antiaristocratical, adjective
antiaristocratically, adverb
nonaristocratic, adjective
nonaristocratical, adjective
nonaristocratically, adverb
proaristocratic, adjective
pseudoaristocratic, adjective
pseudoaristocratical, adjective
pseudoaristocratically, adverb
unaristocratic, adjective
unaristocratically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aristocratic
  • He seems out of place in his elegant suit and his smooth-shaven, aristocratic face.
  • The smell, the feel, even the look of an aristocratic past is all around.
  • In aristocratic ages, by contrast, making money for its own sake was a contemptible endeavor.
  • It exemplifies the aristocratic residences common on the peninsula.
  • They are merely a testament of your aristocratic genes.
  • She speaks with an aristocratic intonation, but is no snob.
  • Since the regimes of the day were aristocratic and monarchical, they had been in office a long time.
  • aristocratic languor, critics thought, made him too diffident sometimes on the field.
  • The district is also notable for the preservation of its aristocratic estates and gilded age mansions.
  • Welfare antedates parliamentary democracy as it adapts from earlier aristocratic traditions of civil service stewardship.
British Dictionary definitions for aristocratic


relating to or characteristic of aristocracy or an aristocrat
elegant or stylish in appearance and behaviour
Derived Forms
aristocratically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for aristocratic

c.1600, "pertaining to aristocracy," from French aristocratique, from Greek aristokratikos "belonging to the rule of the best," from aristokratia (see aristocracy). Meaning "grand, stylish" is from 1845.

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