Definition of meritocracy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɛrɪˈtɒkrəsi/

noun (plural meritocracies)

[mass noun]
1Government or the holding of power by people selected according to merit: progress towards meritocracy was slow
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  • For the first time in the 20th century, Britain's agonisingly slow progress towards meritocracy went into reverse.
  • What is happening to the campaigning steamroller that was going to propel the new prophets of technocratic and meritocracy craving Labor into power?
  • Many liberal democracies, Britain included, justify wide disparities in the income levels of the rich and poor in terms of a doctrine of meritocracy.
1.1 [count noun] A society governed by people selected according to merit: Britain is a meritocracy, and everyone with skill and imagination may aspire to reach the highest level
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  • In the earlier article, Herrnstein argued that our society is a meritocracy where not only does the cream rise to the top, but it starts near the top from day one.
  • Social mobility will therefore be high during the transition period to a meritocracy and as society becomes more equal.
  • If no one accuses me of saying that we're living in a caste system or rigid class society I promise not to ask anyone to defend our society as a pure meritocracy.
1.2 [count noun] A ruling or influential class of educated or able people: the relentless advance of the meritocracy
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  • However, they embrace the meritocracies of education and athletics, two pursuits that have come to be associated especially, though not exclusively, with American middle-class culture.
  • Sure, the ideal of a meritocracy - Jefferson's aristocracy of talent and all that - is very old, but America fell short of it for a long time.
  • De Bottan's comparison between Aristocracies and meritocracies does indeed seem facile if you look at it as the be-all and end-all of happiness - but its not if you remember its context.



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  • The immigrant families who squatted in Dickensian poverty in the Georgian terraces clustered around Christchurch have been replaced by a new class of period-feature-hugging meritocrats.
  • When meritocrats talk about rewards flowing from merit, the rewarding mechanism is typically assumed to be the market, especially the market for labour.
  • The same old story of the Irish diaspora - immigrant meritocrats fighting their way to power - runs through the stories.


Pronunciation: /ˌmɛrɪtəˈkratɪk/
Example sentences
  • But the meritocratic system that produced Laura and me not only produced outsized expectations; it inculcated a belief that we deserved wonderful jobs and a comfortable lifestyle.
  • The intelligence needed to get a place in the cognitive elite may become more concentrated in a fair meritocratic society.
  • At the very least this implies the claim that markets are more meritocratic than the public sector.

Words that rhyme with meritocracy

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

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