gerontocracy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gerontocracy a political system governed by old men
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gerontocracy Government by old men.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gerontocracy Government by old men.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gerontocracy jer-on-tok′ra-si government by old men.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , , an old man + to rule
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. gerōn, an old man, kratos, power.

Usage

In literature:

Gerontocracy, that is, government by the aged, is the most ancient form of government.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
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