from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The artful exercise of power by a king.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The craft or occupation of kings; the art of kingly government; royal polity or policy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The craft of kings; the art of governing as a sovereign; royal policy.
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- noun The
skillsneeded to rule effectively as a king.
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James was always boasting of his skill in what he called kingcraft; and yet it is hardly possible even to imagine a course more directly opposed to all the rules of kingcraft, than that which he followed.
At that early age she was already a wife, victim of a political marriage which, in the exercise of the ponderous cunning he called kingcraft, King James had been at some pains to arrange.
Never was there so consummate a master of what our James the First would have called kingcraft, -- of all those arts which most advantageously display the merits of a prince, and most completely hide his defects.
His very duplicity was due sometimes to schooling in "kingcraft," but oftener to inability to see two sides of a question.
In the place of an essential equality, distorted only by tradition and early training, by the artifices of those devils of the Liberal cosmogony, "kingcraft" and
I should fall for the kingcraft of a merit-less crown
And a man hath good reason to believe that there is as much of kingcraft as priestcraft in withholding the scripture from the public in popish countries.
You will find that all the arguments in favor of kingcraft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden.
He loved kingcraft; here was a whole empire, weak with misrule, whose bridle had scarcely felt his hand.
Once his father took me aside, and talked to me of kingcraft.