n.1.Government by the nobility.
2.Collectively, the nobility.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Tho' the open eye of day shendeth them with its glare yet, if no cloudy wind curtain them nor low mist of earth blindfold us, soon as Night in grey mantle wrappeth all else, they appear in their optimacy from under the ocean or behind the high mountains climbing in spacious ranks upon the starkblack void: Ev'n so in our mind's night burn far beacons of thought and the infinite architecture of our darkness, the dim essence and being of our mortalities, is sparkled with fair fire-flecks of eternity whose measure we know not nor the wealth of their rays.
Here the old-fashioned usages, the stately diction, even the uncommon words ("shend" means to destroy, "optimacy" is "the highest place"), meld perfectly because the underlying rhythms are so supple in accommodation.
Rawls prescribed that whatever is distributed, must be produced efficiently, modeled by Pareto's optimacy curve (67).