noun ger·on·toc·ra·cy \ˌjer-ən-ˈtä-krə-sē\
plural ger·on·toc·ra·cies

Definition of GERONTOCRACY

:  rule by elders; specifically :  a form of social organization in which a group of old men or a council of elders dominates or exercises control
ge·ron·to·crat \jə-ˈrän-tə-ˌkrat\ noun
ge·ron·to·crat·ic \-ˌrän-tə-ˈkra-tik\ adjective


French gérontocratie, from géronto- geront- + -cratie -cracy
First Known Use: 1830

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism


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