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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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De Coubertin's aristocratically disdainful view was that women's Olympic participation would be "impractical, uninteresting, ungainly and improper".
I was staring straight into the legendary, enigmatic, aristocratically handsome face of Weldon Kees, poet, novelist, short story writer, jazz musician, abstract painter, avant-garde photographer, entertainment impresario, and, most dramatically, mysterious suicide.
(7) But how seriously are readers to take Walpole's presentation of himself as aristocratically masculine, and how does his class-inflected gender performance relate to the performance of sublimity in his novel?
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.
The Controversy between Dryden's Restoration preference for rhyme and Milton's dislike of "the invention of a barbarous Age, to set off wretched matter and lame meter" (The Verse 210) reflected the tension of the style appropriate for the elevated subject of Milton and the style suited for the more contemporary, often aristocratically pleasing, subjects of the Restoration poets.
But Mansfield himself is so aristocratically gentle and soft-spoken that one can't help but think that if a man's man of the bronco-busting, six-gun-discharging stripe the professor is apparently lionizing were to burst in upon our gathering in the ballroom, it'd probably be Mansfield himself who would suffer one of the first asswhippings in the ensuing sissy purge.
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.
Eleanor Tomlinson </pre> <p>A bizarre story of intrigue, magic and murder in turn-of-the-century Vienna casts a considerable spell in "The Illusionist." Impeccably crafted second feature from writer-director Neil Burger (2002's "Interview With the Assassin") will be tricky to position commercially, since it will strike some arthouse types as pulpy and conventional, and may prove too aristocratically rarefied for the general modern public.
(5) At least for the poetically or aristocratically minded Athenian, this was the Kekropian Agora, the "sacrifice-celebrating omphalos of the city," and the site of the venerable Altar of Pity.
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).