Aristocracy

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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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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.
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).
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.
Charles Cornwallis Chesney claimed, "the South had enjoyed the special advantage, derived from her aristocratically composed society, of a class of men accustomed to command and lead others," thus providing "officers whom the privates could respect.
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 Atlantic is ready for the Bush era, righteous, satisfied and a little smug, just as Harper's might be seen as aristocratically Clintonian, progressive to the point of dilettantism and somehow out of step with the narrowing contemporary mood.
THE central social oasis for the aristocratically inclined, is now planning to turn its attentions to the silver screen.