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aristocratic

Definitions

  • THE ARISTOCRAT
    THE ARISTOCRAT
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj aristocratic belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy "an aristocratic family","aristocratic Bostonians","aristocratic government","a blue family","blue blood","the blue-blooded aristocracy","of gentle blood","patrician landholders of the American South","aristocratic bearing","aristocratic features","patrician tastes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Developed in Egypt about 5,000 years ago, the greyhound breed was known before the ninth century in England, where it was bred by aristocrats to hunt such small game as hares.
    • Aristocratic Of or pertaining to an aristocracy; consisting in, or favoring, a government of nobles, or principal men; as, an aristocratic constitution.
    • Aristocratic Partaking of aristocracy; befitting aristocracy; characteristic of, or originating with, the aristocracy; as, an aristocratic measure; aristocratic pride or manners.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the Renaissance, fashionable aristocratic Italian women shaved their hair several inches back from their natural hairlines.
    • aristocratic Pertaining to aristocracy or a ruling oligarchy; consisting in or pertaining to the rule of a privileged class; oligarchic: as, an aristocratic constitution; an aristocratic government.
    • aristocratic Pertaining to, resembling, or befitting the nobility or men of rank; resembling in manners or character the aristocracy or higher classes in a community: as, aristocratic pride; aristocratic in sentiment.
    • aristocratic Belonging to an aristocracy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Female aristocrats on the island of Portugese Timor in Malaya, indicate their status by notching their ears.
    • adjs Aristocratic belonging to aristocracy: gentlemanly, stylish
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Quotations

  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
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    “Oh for someone with a heart, head and hand. Whatever they call them, what do I care, aristocrat, democrat, autocrat, just be it one that can rule and dare not lie.”
  • John Updike
    John%20Updike
    “Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    Charles%20Baudelaire
    “What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.”
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.”
  • Owen Wister
    Owen Wister
    “An aristocrat in morals as in mind.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. aristocratique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. aristos, best, and kratos, power.

Usage

In literature:

Here the aristocratic youth of the country-side met to measure hearts, laugh at the rustics, and enjoy the races.
"Sandy" by Alice Hegan Rice
Politically, at the same time, he was an aristocrat, enormously interested in liberty.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The son of a wealthy and aristocratic house and his valet were mobilized at the same time.
"The Living Present" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
After New York, it seemed deliciously quiet, and old, and aristocratic.
"The Bell in the Fog and Other Stories" by Gertrude Atherton
I was instantly seized, as a 'courier of the Aristocrats.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine--Vol. 54, No. 333, July 1843" by Various
The season was in full roll, and our most aristocratic patients were in town.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
Then he looked at Miss De Voe, so obviously an aristocrat.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
The aristocrat had a faction in the town.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 341, March, 1844, Vol. 55" by Various
Wicker's mother was a handsome, aristocratic woman with a pedigree reaching back to Babylon or some other historic starting place.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
Nor are the principles of synthesis, by which the aristocratic few establish their oligarchy, themselves unequivocal.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
He stood on the hearthrug, austere and self-controlled, consciously aristocrat, heir and barrister.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
The Sakyas were a small aristocratic republic.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Sulla was scarcely dead before an attempt was made to overthrow the aristocratic constitution which he had established.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
It is an aristocratic idea.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
And Arlington Street took notice when I received letters with important-looking or aristocratic-looking letterheads.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Even feudalism had involved a localism not without liberal elements, which lingered in the aristocratic system.
"A Short History of England" by G. K. Chesterton
With a quick movement, Ralph stepped in front of the aristocratic bully.
"The Young Bridge-Tender" by Arthur M. Winfield
Is the dear aristocrat more aristocratic than ever?
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
For aristocrats of to-day belong only partly to tradition, in that they live in the present.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
Frederick had come there filled with hostility to Cisy; but the young aristocrat's idiocy had disarmed him.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
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In poetry:

"My GENERAL JOHN! my GENERAL JOHN!
My GENERAL JOHN!" quoth he,
"This aristocratical sneer upon
Your face I blush to see!
"General John" by William Schwenck Gilbert
It was noticed he constantly sighed
As she worked out the scheme she had planned,
A fact he endeavoured to hide
With his aristocratical hand.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
O pale Aristocrat, that liest there,
So cold, so silent! Couldst thou not in grace
Have borne with us still longer, and so spare
The scorn we see in that proud, placid face?
"On William Francis Bartlett" by Francis Bret Harte
My first was little Emmeline,
More beautiful than day was she;
Her proud, aristocratic mien
Was what at once attracted me.
I naturally did not know
That I should soon dislike her so.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
If you want a situation, I'll just tell you the plan
To get on to a station, I am just your very man.
Pack up the old portmanteau, and label it Paroo,
With a name aristocratic — Jimmy Sago, Jackaroo.
"Jimmy Sago, Jackaroo" by Anonymous Oceania
Their gardens, banked with roses and with lilies—
Those sweet aristocrats of all the flowers—
Where Springtime mints her gold in daffodillies,
And Autumn coins her marigolds in showers,
And all the hours are toilless as the lilies.
"Old Homes" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family.
Lamb's tongue) is delicately sweet and mildly nutty—its aristocratic ?avor enhanced by honey and radish.
Political and social intrigue are merged through the medium of the mystical card layout called the Octavo in this debut novel of maneuvering aristocrats and striving tradesmen in late 18th-century Stockholm.
George Washington rejected wigs as too aristocratic for the new Republic.
The Elgins, 1766–1917: A Tale of Aristocrats, Proconsuls and Their Wives by Sydney Checkland Pergamon, 303 pp.
It's always a good day to look at a S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrat, companies that have increased their dividend annually for the past 25 years.
The story of an elderly Southern aristocrat, oblivious to what the war has cost her.
The French aristocrat's observations of American scoiety are as relevant today as they were when first written.
One of the most popular Western novels was written by a Philadelphia aristocrat who numbered Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt among his friends.
Many of its aristocratic families had fled, and their grand colonial-style mansions were crumbling.
Her two companions, lounging elegantly around the LeFrak's Southampton home, are aristocratic, perfectly coiffed, well bred and very fluffy.
Aristocrats Guy Gets Racy Six-Figure Comedy Book Deal.
Ramón del Valle-Inclán (1866–1936) was born into an impoverished aristocratic family in a rural village in Galicia, Spain.
One of the most distinctive Sporting breeds, the mahogany red Irish Setter is an active, aristocratic bird dog.
The legend of 'the aristocrat' lives on.
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