Definition of gerontocracy in English:

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gerontocracy

Pronunciation: /ˌjerənˈtäkrəsē/

noun

1A state, society, or group governed by old people.
Example sentences
  • It's no surprise that American media organizations are gerontocracies.
  • Some of your friends are amazed when you say this, but you reason that a gerontocracy can fashion the future for just so long.
  • The author was, of course, the first to depict a totalitarian gerontocracy.
1.1Government based on rule by old people.
Example sentences
  • We have to admit that stubborn gerontocracy has been a major obstacle to reforming politics due to the aged politicians' obstinacy and narrow-mindedness.
  • The old nobility dominated the officer corps and, since there was no retirement system, gerontocracy prevailed: seniority counted for everything.
  • This has been referred to as gerontocracy, but it may be preferable to see it as an expression of a link with past generations.

Derivatives

gerontocrat

Pronunciation: /jəˈräntəˌkrat/
noun
Example sentences
  • Inevitably, the gerontocrats began to die off: Suslov, Brezhnev, Andropov, Ustinov, and Chernenko.
  • Don't forget that we gerontocrats who were reading it as it happened had to wait a month, at least, between issues.
  • It would not be difficult to characterise him as some grumpy gerontocrat with a giant chip on his shoulder.

gerontocratic

Pronunciation: /jəˌräntəˈkratik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Bureaucratization and gerontocratic tendencies characterized the party.
  • It was the first movement of solidarity where the new young generation asked for their place in a society which had become gerontocratic.
  • This topsy-turvy logic of children having the power to subordinate adults as their bona led to the gerontocratic reversals of the civil wars.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek gerōn, geront- 'old man' + -cracy.

Words that rhyme with gerontocracy

adhocracy, aristocracy, autocracy, bureaucracy, democracy, gynaecocracy (US gynecocracy), hierocracy, hypocrisy, meritocracy, mobocracy, monocracy, plutocracy, technocracy, theocracy

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ger·on·toc·ra·cy

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