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Aristocracy vs. Oligarchy

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Main Difference

The main difference between Aristocracy and Oligarchy is that the Aristocracy is a form of government in which power is in the hands of a small, privileged, ruling class and Oligarchy is a power structure.

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  • Aristocracy (noun)

    The nobility, or the hereditary ruling class.

  • Aristocracy (noun)

    Government by such a class, or a state with such a government

  • Aristocracy (noun)

    A class of people considered (not normally universally) superior to others

  • Oligarchy (noun)

    A government run by only a few, often the wealthy.

  • Oligarchy (noun)

    Those who make up an oligarchic government.

  • Oligarchy (noun)

    A state ruled by such a government.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Aristocracy (noun)

    Government by the best citizens.

  • Aristocracy (noun)

    A ruling body composed of the best citizens.

  • Aristocracy (noun)

    A form a government, in which the supreme power is vested in the principal persons of a state, or in a privileged order; an oligarchy.

  • Aristocracy (noun)

    The nobles or chief persons in a state; a privileged class or patrician order; (in a popular use) those who are regarded as superior to the rest of the community, as in rank, fortune, or intellect.

  • Oligarchy (noun)

    A form of government in which the supreme power is placed in the hands of a few persons; also, those who form the ruling few.

Webster Dictionary
  • Aristocracy (noun)

    a privileged class holding hereditary titles

  • Aristocracy (noun)

    the most powerful members of a society

  • Oligarchy (noun)

    a political system governed by a few people

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