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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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Their intrusion into and infiltration of French society threatens both male and artistocratic identity, as if physical or social contact with these women were contaminating.
Henceforth, as the novel's reflector (to borrow James's own terminology) Hollinghurst's Nick presents us with "a version of Nick Dormer from The Tragic Magic Muse--both awkwardly seek artistic destinies whilst trapped within the confines of artistocratic political worlds" (Eastham 511).
by Mozart elder (this book was in very good condition until one unknown child in the family scribbled on it in red ink); (10) snuff boxes gifts from artistocratic admirers of Mozart during travels.