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gerontocracy

[jer-uh n-tok-ruh-see, jeer-] /ˌdʒɛr ənˈtɒk rə si, ˌdʒɪər-/
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
1820-1830
1820-30; geronto- + -cracy
Related forms
gerontocrat
[juh-ron-tuh-krat] /dʒəˈrɒn təˌkræt/ (Show IPA),
noun
gerontocratic, adjective
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  • But a world of portable minds will be more turbulent than a simple gerontocracy.
British Dictionary definitions for gerontocracy

gerontocracy

/ˌdʒɛrɒnˈtɒkrəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
government by old people
2.
a governing body of old people
Derived Forms
gerontocratic (dʒəˌrɒntəˈkrætɪk) adjective
gerontocrat, noun
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Word Origin and History for gerontocracy
n.

rule by old men, 1830, from Greek geront-, from geron "old man" (see gerontology) + kratia "rule" (see -cracy). Related: Gerontocratic.

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

A society ruled by elders.

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