ger·​on·​toc·​ra·​cy | \ ˌjer-ən-ˈtä-krə-sē How to pronounce gerontocracy (audio) \
plural gerontocracies

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

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Other Words from gerontocracy

gerontocrat \ jə-​ˈrän-​tə-​ˌkrat How to pronounce gerontocrat (audio) \ noun
gerontocratic \ jə-​ˌrän-​tə-​ˈkra-​tik How to pronounce gerontocratic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gerontocracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But by the second decade of this century, the gerontocracy was no longer sustainable. Christopher Dickey, New York Times, "‘MBS’ Chronicles the Shockingly Young, Powerful and Ruthless Saudi Crown Prince," 9 Mar. 2020 And Bloomberg is the same age as Biden, in keeping with the Democrats recent taste for gerontocracy. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "He Has a Plan for That," 2 Feb. 2020 Millennials, after all, are starting to gain political power at a time when America looks more like a gerontocracy than ever. Charlotte Alter, Time, "How Millennial Leaders Will Change America," 23 Jan. 2020 The year 2019, a half century since the end of the ’60s, featured multiple rebroadcasts of the gerontocracy’s line that the golden age of everything has already happened. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Harry Styles’s Conscientious Remix of Baby Boomer Culture," 20 Dec. 2019 True, Cuba's autocratic gerontocracy is practiced at shuffling furniture and calling it renovation. Mac Margolis,, "New U.S. sanctions on Cuba have a silver lining," 20 Aug. 2019 His rise to power in 2013, at the age of 33, offered a stark contrast with the gerontocracy of Saudi Arabia, where rulers clung to their thrones till reaching their deathbeds. Written By Declan Walsh; Photographs By Tomas Munita, New York Times, "Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It," 22 Jan. 2018 Konstantin von Eggert, an independent political commentator, said the younger generation of loyalists wants to steer clear of the gerontocracy. Nathan Hodge, CNN, "Will Vladimir Putin ever release his grip on Russia?," 18 Mar. 2018 That’s not to say Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian gerontocracy are any more capable of making peace than Israel’s right-wing government. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan: Intimidate the Palestinians Into Surrender," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gerontocracy

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gerontocracy

borrowed from French gérontocratie, from géronto- geronto- + -cratie -cracy

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The first known use of gerontocracy was in 1830

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25 May 2020

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“Gerontocracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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