American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that believes in or advocates rule by hereditary right.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who maintains or advocates legitimacy of any kind; especially, a supporter of legitimate authority; one who believes in the sacredness of hereditary monarchical government; a favorer of the doctrine of divine right. Specifically
- n. In France, a supporter of the claim to the throne of the elder branch of the Bourbons, descendants of Louis XIV., in opposition to that of the Orleans family, descendants of the Duke of Orleans, brother of Louis XIV. Charles x., the representative of the elder line, was deposed in 1830, and replaced by Louis Philippe, of the younger line. The succession fell into abeyance after the deposition of the latter in 1848. and the dispute was terminated in 1883 by the death of the childless Comte de Chambord (who was actually invested with the crown at the age of ten by the abdication of his grandfather, Charles X., and of the dauphin, the Due d'Angouléme, and was called by his adherents Henry V.), leaving the Comte de Paris, grandson of Louis Philippe, sole heir to the royal claims of the whole Bourbon family.
- n. In Spain, same as Carlist, 2.
- n. historical A French royalist who believes that the King of France and Navarre must be chosen according to the simple application of the Salic law.
- n. by extension Any proponent for the rule of a legitimate sovereign.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who supports legitimate authority; esp., one who believes in hereditary monarchy, as a divine right.
- n. Specifically, a supporter of the claims of the elder branch of the Bourbon dynasty to the crown of France.
“Many scraps of traditionary lore relative to the latter nobleman must linger in and about London, where he was the idol of the populace, as well as the leader of what we should now call the "legitimist" party.”
“According to a "legitimist" fiction he pleads the service he had rendered to King Charles VI, and his son the Dauphin "_ ... tam propter sue persone debililitatem, quam etiam propter assidua viagia et ambassiatas, que ipse serviendo Carolo Francorum regi et Carolo, ejusdem regis unigenito filio, dalphino Viennensi ....”
“The French Revolution soon ensued, and though the nobleman kept his head, he never got his patent: not from the republic, not from Napoleon (a “usurper” to whom the legitimist de Jouffroy would not even apply for a patent), not from the restored Bourbon monarchy and not from citizen-king Louis Philippe.”
“When the legitimist asks whether Corner Man really owns his corner, he is not asking whether Corner Man should own his corner.”
“The French Revolution soon ensued, and though the nobleman kept his head, he never got his patent: not from the republic, not from Napoleon (a "usurper" to whom the legitimist de Jouffroy would not even apply for a patent), not from the restored Bourbon monarchy and not from citizen-king Louis Philippe.”
“None the less did the old legitimist parties assail the Revolution of”
“A legitimist association, the Chevaliers of Fidelity, stirred about among these the republican affiliations.”
“When that time came, the faubourg Saint – Germain still sulked, but it held intercourse with a few houses, regarding them as neutral ground, — among others that of the Austrian ambassador, where the legitimist society and the new social world met together in the persons of their best representatives.”
“Hisroyal master, King Wilhelm, was a profound legitimist; the old King was bound by intimate ties to each of the princely houses of Germany, and he felt the deepest reverencefor the traditions and prerogatives, for the very pedigrees and quarterings, of the venerable dynasties.”
“At once it occurred to Mills that this eccentric youngster was the very person for what the legitimist sympathizers had very much at heart just then: to organize a supply by sea of arms and ammunition to the Carlist detachments in the South.”
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