gerontocracy


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ger·on·toc·ra·cy

 (jĕr′ən-tŏk′rə-sē)
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.

gerontocracy

(ˌdʒɛrɒnˈtɒkrəsɪ)
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

ger•on•toc•ra•cy

(ˌdʒɛr ənˈtɒk rə si, ˌdʒɪər-)

n., pl. -cies.
1. government by a council of elders.
2. a governing body consisting of old people.
[1820–30]
ge•ron`to•crat′ic, adj.

gerontocracy

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

Gerontocracy

 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
Translations

gerontocracy

[ˌdʒerɒnˈtɒkrəsɪ] Ngerontocracia f

gerontocracy

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