gerontocracy

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

Definition of gerontocracy

plural

gerontocracies

  1. :  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

gerontocrat

play \jə-ˈrän-tə-ˌkrat\ noun

gerontocratic

play \jə-ˌrän-tə-ˈkra-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of gerontocracy

French gérontocratie, from géronto- geront- + -cratie -cracy


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