from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The doctrine that monarchs derive their right to rule directly from God and are accountable only to God.

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  • n. The Christian doctrine that monarchs have a God-given right to rule, that they are answerable only to God, and that rebellion is sinful.

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  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects; rebellion is the worst of political crimes


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  • Here you have the root-doctrine of the divine right of kings and nobles, who have only to follow their Maker's example in their several spheres, as his blessed Majesty King George has of late been doing with his American colonies.

    Oldtown Folks

  • Because what I learned from Alobar was that we have to evolve beyond our death consciousness if we expect to claim our divine right to life everlastin-.

    La insistencia de J├╝rgen Fauth

  • Astride a white horse, wearing the white cuirassier uniform of the Imperial Guard and a shining brass helmet crested with a golden Hohenzollern eagle, William saw himself as an embodiment of the divine right of kings.

    Castles of Steel

  • The great moral of this reign will be to prove that universal suffrage is as senseless as the divine right although a little less odions!

    The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters

  • He is notable as the defender, in its most extreme form, of the doctrine of the divine right of kings, which he expounded in a succession of works, of which the latest and best known, Patriarcha, appeared in 1679.

    A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature

  • In the days of Anu and Baal we heard the proclamation of the divine right of Kings; in these days of Mammon we hear the proclamation of the divine right of Merchants.

    The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation

  • The struggle became political, and the Arminianism, Episcopalianism, and divine right of the sovereign maintained by the one party were opposed by the Calvinism, Presbyterianism, and Republicanism of the other.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The father of Arthur Burrows had been obliged to leave the kingdom in the troubles of 1715; he was then a rash, fiery-hearted young man, full of ultra-loyalty and the divine right of legitimacy.

    Zoe: The History of Two Lives

  • Hallam is eminently pleased with the English Law of Entail, save that he questions whether any father has the divine right to divert his titles and wealth from the eldest son.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great

  • Revolution, and controvertor of the doctrines of divine right and passive obedience.

    A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature


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