from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A political or territorial unit ruled by a sovereign.
- noun The eternal spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ.
- noun The realm of this sovereignty.
- noun A realm or sphere in which one thing is dominant.
- noun In the Linnean taxonomic system, the highest taxonomic category into which organisms are grouped, based on fundamental similarities and common ancestry. One widely used taxonomic system designates five or six such groups: animals, plants, fungi, protists, and prokaryotes (often divided into bacteria and archaea). Other systems divide organisms into domains (eukaryotes, bacteria, and archaea) that replace or rank above kingdoms.
- noun One of the three main divisions (animal, vegetable, and mineral) into which natural organisms and objects have traditionally been classified.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The power or authority of a king; regal dominion; supreme rule.
- noun The state of being a king; kinghood; kingship.
- noun The territory or country subject to a king; the dominion of a king or monarch (see
king, 1); in general, a domain; country.
- noun Anything conceived as constituting a realm or sphere of independent action or control: as, the kingdom of thought.
- noun In the New Testament, with the definite article, usually in fuller phrase the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of heaven, the spiritual reign of God as supreme king, and over subjects loyally accepting it: generally conceived as founded by the Messiah, and therefore a Messianic kingdom.
- noun In natural history, one of the three great divisions in which natural objects are ranked in classification—namely, the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The rank, quality, state, or attributes of a king; royal authority; sovereign power; rule; dominion; monarchy.
- noun The territory or country subject to a king or queen; the dominion of a monarch; the sphere in which one is king or has control.
- noun An extensive scientific division distinguished by leading or ruling characteristics; a principal division; a department. In modern biology, the division of life into five
kingdomsis widely used for classification.
- noun See under
- noun The authority or dominion of God.
- noun See under
- noun See under
- noun See under
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
nationhaving as supreme rulera kingand/or queen.
- noun biology, taxonomy A
rankin the classification of organisms, below domainand above phylum; a taxon at that rank (e.g. the plantkingdom, the animalkingdom)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a monarchy with a king or queen as head of state
- noun a domain in which something is dominant
- noun the highest taxonomic group into which organisms are grouped; one of five biological categories: Monera or Protoctista or Plantae or Fungi or Animalia
- noun the domain ruled by a king or queen
- noun a basic group of natural objects
- noun a country with a king as head of state
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Christ's coming to take the kingdom, will be given, and witnesses of the truth of Christianity, which cannot be disputed, suddenly arise, to the surprize and confusion of scoffing sinners; multitudes of whom will be swept off by desolating judgments to prepare the way for "the people of the saints of the most high, _whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom_."
"The saints of the most high shall take the kingdom, and _possess the kingdom for ever, even forever and ever_ -- and the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most high, _whose kingdom is an ever lasting kingdom_, and all dominion shall serve and obey him."
By _keys of the kingdom of heaven_, thus apprehend, Christ promiseth and giveth not the sword _of the kingdom_, any secular power; nor the sceptre _of the kingdom_, any sovereign, lordly, magisterial power over the Church.
_No scutage or aid  shall be imposed in our kingdom, unless by the general council of our kingdom_; except for ransoming our person, making our eldest son a knight, and once for marrying our eldest daughter; and for these there shall be paid no more than a reasonable aid.
Spiritual in the matter of it, and the several parts of this power: therefore called the _keys of the kingdom of heaven_, not the keys of the kingdoms of earth, Matt.xvi. 19, (as Christ professed his _kingdom was not of this world_, John xviii. 36; and when one requested of
Constitution_ of the kingdom, by breaking the _original contract_ between king and people, and, by the advice of Jesuits and other wicked persons, having violated the _fundamental_ laws, and _having withdrawn himself out of the kingdom_, hath _abdicated_ the government, and the throne is thereby _vacant_. "
Jordan uses the word kingdom so it can project the image of a fairy tale.
Christians all expected the kingdom of God in the future, we may look upon it as one of the facts which we know with the greatest certainty that in the message of Jesus the term kingdom of God has an eschatological connotation, that it stands for the new world that is to come.
a kingdom is a word of might, and gently sounding are the terms that compose the style of royalty.
To be sure, Jesus preached the ideal society in the word "kingdom" but the biggest claim Jesus made was that the kingdom "was here" or "was arriving."