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- n. Alternative form of divine right, especially regarding kings as monarchs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a name given to the patriarchal theory of government, especially to the doctrine that no misconduct and no dispossession can forfeit the right of a monarch or his heirs to the throne, and to the obedience of the people.
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.
Repudiating the divine right of kings which he incorrectly traced in England to William the Conqueror, he wrote, A French bastard landing with an armed Banditti and establishing himself king of England against the consent of the natives, is in plain terms a very paltry rascally original.