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ARISTOCRACY. That form of government in which the sovereign power is exercised by a small number of persons to the exclusion of the remainder of the people.

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A larger-than-life character, Joe Lean is the stage name for Brixton council estate-raised actor turned pop star Joe Beamont - an aristocratically connected indie idol in waiting.
The members of the aristocratically dressed French expedition at the centre of the image are depicted gesticulating between their many ships and the excavation site, and project an air of supremacy.
As with the emerging Scottish records, there is only fragmentary evidence for town waits, little proof of animal baiting, which was a favorite English pastime, not least in counties contiguous with Wales, or of visits by aristocratically sponsored actors.
The Governor's braco de prata is no ordinary artificial arm, but rather a work of art, a "perfect" reproduction--right down to the aristocratically long fingernails--produced by the famous Portuguese silversmith, Adelino Moreira (17).
Is it possible that Arsenal, four points in front of their latest tormentors Chelsea, could possibly surrender their league crown as well after looking so aristocratically superior for so long?
He was a conservative in his thinking, having been brought up with contacts like those of the Williams Wynn family, supporters of the aristocratically dominated government of the day, not to mention his conservative cousins the Tarletons.
The work opens with a study of the state of the English episcopacy in the first half of the nineteenth century, contrasting it with what obtained in the second: a generation of bishops who were socially conservative, aristocratically aloof, and generally opposed to reform gave way to a new breed of reforming bishops (still largely aristocratic) who were aware of, and anxious to adapt the church to, the effects of industrial, social, and demographic change.
THE central social oasis for the aristocratically inclined, is now planning to turn its attentions to the silver screen.
There is in Swinburne this childlike persistency, this intentness towards an opposite, and this evenly maintained tapping of a sinister, but familiar, source; this, to the onlooker, all-but-heartbreaking pursuit of the remorselessly magical and effortlessly patient replications of an aristocratically perceived nature whose patterns (like the taint of the D'Urbervilles, and Tess's murderous ace of hearts) are finite, and recognized (though never comprehended).
And there are safety factors built in all over the place, under a galvanised skin that is sculpted aristocratically but solidly and firmly.
Monogamous family life did not exist, but a polygamy whose primal object was the formation of a clan possessing hereditary chiefs ruling aristocratically.