gerontocracy[jer′ən tä′krə sē]
- government by old men
- pl. gerontocracies a governing group composed of old men
Origin: altered (modeled on -cracy) < Fr gérontocratie < Gr geronto- (see gerontology) + -kratia, -cracy
- gerontocratic adjective
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noun pl. ger·on·toc·ra·cies
- Government based on rule by elders.
- A governing group of elders.
- ge·ronˈto·cratˌ noun
- ge·ronˌto·cratˈic adjective
gerontocracy - Cultural Definition
A society ruled by elders.