American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Government by a monarch.
- n. A state ruled or headed by a monarch.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Supreme power wielded by a single person; absolute personal authority.
- n. The principle of government by a monarch; the monarchical system.
- n. A government in which the supreme power is either actually or nominally lodged in the hands of a monarch or sole ruler, who holds his position for life, generally with hereditary succession. There have been elective, monarchies, in which the successor to a deceased sovereign was chosen without obligatory regard to the hereditary principle; but this principle has finally prevailed, to the exclusion of choice, in all existing civilized monarchies. The former kingdom of Poland was a purely elective monarchy. The German-Roman empire was originally, and always nominally, elective; but for many centuries the chosen successor was almost invariably the heir of the former emperor. An absolute or despotic monarchy is one in which the will of the monarch or sovereign is supreme over all other authority or powers of government; a limited or constitutional monarchy, one in which the sovereign is limited to the exercise of particular powers or functions by the laws or constitution of the realm. More or less limited monarchies have nearly always existed. About the fifteenth century a noteworthy increase of the power of the sovereign took place (as in England under Edward IV., in France under Louis XL., in Spain under Ferdinand the Catholic and Charles V.). Till the close of the eighteenth century the prevalent theory and practice on the continent constituted nearly unrestricted absolutism; this has now almost disappeared from Europe, while still maintaining a foothold in Asia. But whether absolute or limited, the monarch is theoretically regarded as the source of all power, and all acts of government are done in his name.
- n. The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom; an empire.
- n. In theology, the doctrine that there is in the Godhead only one principle (
ἀρχή), cause ( αἰτία), source or fountain ( πηγή) of deity, namely God the Father, from whom the Son and the Holy Ghost derive their divinity. Also monorchia.
- n. A government with a hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch.
- n. A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch.
- n. The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.
- n. an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority
- From Ancient Greek μοναρχία. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English monarchie, from Old French, from Latin monarchia, from Greek monarkhiā, from monarkhos, monarch; see monarch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One of the perks of visiting what amounts to a monarchy is the VIP treatment.”
“This minority, this small minority, violent and provocative minority, must be overwhelmed by the expressed and demonstrated loyalty of Canadians, Englishspeaking and French-speaking, to Canada, to its institutions of which the monarchy is a cherished and honoured part, and to its unity.”
“You know a monarchy is feeling the heat when errant subjects face a beating with spikes.”
“A string of opposition arrests has prompted fears that the monarchy is beginning to abandon its attempts at democracy and return to authoritarianism.”
“So it may be another proof that, even though monarchy is stupid and outdated, in general a strong single-man executive is really the root of all evils, torture and all.”
“The mix of modern life with the trappings of monarchy is handled very well.”
“America does not believe in monarchy for the United States of America, but America should have understood, and they should have respected monarchy for Afghanistan.”
“Paternalist monarchy is a considerably more traditional and conservative form of government in Afghanistan then the kind of mullahocracy which they had from 1996 to 2001. abb1 says:”
“In the kingdom of Great Britain, where all the ostentatious apparatus of monarchy is to be provided for, not above a fifteenth part of the annual income of the nation is appropriated to the class of expenses last mentioned; the other fourteen fifteenths are absorbed in the payment of the interest of debts contracted for carrying on the wars in which that country has been engaged, and in the maintenance of fleets and armies.”
“Comparing the modern ecological movement to the policies of a despotic, religion-supressing monarchy is sure to change hearts and minds.”
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