gerontocracy

[jer-uhn-tok-ruh-see, jeer-]
noun, plural gerontocracies.
1.
government by a council of elders.
2.
a governing body consisting of old people.
3.
a state or government in which old people rule.

Origin:
1820–30; geronto- + -cracy

gerontocrat [juh-ron-tuh-krat] , noun
gerontocratic, adjective
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gerontocracy (ˌdʒɛrɒnˈtɒkrəsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  government by old people
2.  a governing body of old people
 
gerontocratic
 
adj
 
ge'rontocrat
 
n

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gerontocracy [(jer-uhn-tok-ruh-see)]

A society ruled by elders.

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