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n. pl. ger·on·toc·ra·cies
1. Government based on rule by elders.
2. A governing group of elders.

ge·ron′to·crat′ (jə-rŏn′tə-krăt′) n.
ge·ron′to·crat′ic adj.


n, pl -cies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government by old people
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a governing body of old people
gerontocratic adj
geˈrontoˌcrat n


(ˌdʒɛr ənˈtɒk rə si, ˌdʒɪər-)

n., pl. -cies.
1. government by a council of elders.
2. a governing body consisting of old people.
ge•ron`to•crat′ic, adj.


the system in which the rulers are old men.
See also: Government


 a government ruled by old men, 1830.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gerontocracy - a political system governed by old men
form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power


[ˌdʒerɒnˈtɒkrəsɪ] Ngerontocracia f


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