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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Federalists never wanted to anoint a King or create a hereditary aristrocracy, as Republicans sometimes charged.
Brown, "The Scottish Aristrocracy, Anglicization and the Court 1603-38," Historical Journal, 36 (1993), 561.
The child of wealthy Americans, she married into the British aristrocracy like so many well-heeled women, including Consuelo Vanderbilt.