ruling class

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Noun1.ruling class - the class of people exerting power or authority
upper class, upper crust - the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy
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He thought he lived in a country where turkeys were the ruling class, and every year they held a feast to manifest their sense of Heaven's goodness in sparing their lives to kill them later.
Finally, in times when the class struggle nears the decisive hour, the process of dissolution going on within the ruling class, in fact within the whole range of society, assumes such a violent, glaring character, that a small section of the ruling class cuts itself adrift, and joins the revolutionary class, the class that holds the future in its hands.
And here it becomes evident, that the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society, and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an over-riding law.
Further, as we have already seen, entire sections of the ruling classes are, by the advance of industry, precipitated into the proletariat, or are at least threatened in their conditions of existence.
Among them, he said, he had found keen intellects and brilliant wits, ministers of the Gospel who had been broken because their Christianity was too wide for any congregation of mammon- worshippers, and professors who had been broken on the wheel of university subservience to the ruling class. The socialists were revolutionists, he said, struggling to overthrow the irrational society of the present and out of the material to build the rational society of the future.
"Such an army of revolution," he said, "twenty-five millions strong, is a thing to make rulers and ruling classes pause and consider.
He had held an official position of some nature, and he and his family were of the ruling class but were not members of the court.
to the beginning of the fifth, the island was a Roman province, with Latin as the language of the ruling class of Roman immigrants, who introduced Roman civilization and later on Christianity, to the Britons of the towns and plains.
The ruling class must have more, but they must have these, giving in every company the sense of power, which makes things easy to be done which daunt the wise.
Our privileged ruling class preferred to live on lavish spending and blame each other for this luxury.
The high priest Caiaphas sees danger not just to the ruling class but to the whole nation.
The party said it remains focused, committed and determined to bring about a government that is welfarist and has concern for the people who have been deliberately pauperised by the ruling class since the beginning of the current political dispensation.