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  • adj. Of or pertaining to a monarch or monarchy.
  • adj. Having sole or undivided authority.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a monarch or to monarchy; characteristic of or subject to a monarch; of the nature of monarchy: as, monarchical rule or methods; a monarchical country or government.
  • Of or pertaining to government by a monarch.
  • Regarding monarchy as the best form of government; adhering to the principles of monarchy. The name Monarchical party was often applied to the Federalists of the United States by their opponents.
  • Also monarchial.
  • Synonyms See prince and royal.

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

  • adj. ruled by or having the supreme power resting with a monarch
  • adj. having the characteristics of or befitting or worthy of a monarch


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From monarch +‎ -ical.


  • Jefferson sincerely wished to avoid what he termed the monarchical tendencies of his predecessors; and as an earnest of his intentions he abandoned not only levees but also the practice of addressing Congress in a speech, since Republicans held this custom a reprehensible imitation of the British speech from the throne.

    Union and Democracy

  • Whatever may be tolerated in monarchical and despotic governments, no republic is safe that tolerates a privileged class, or denies to any of its citizens equal rights and equal means to maintain them ...

    Civil Rights & Black Identity

  • Anyone who knows me knows that I have always been interested in English monarchical history.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Though British and French Canadians did not agree on much, they both believed in monarchical government, and, "in the equation between freedom and duly constituted authority," Conway explained, "their emphasis tended to be on the side of duly constituted authority."

    In Search of the Canadian Dream

  • They believed in monarchical government, not in monarchical absolutism; they believed in a hierarchical, episcopal Christianity, in their case the Church of England as established by law; and in the equation between freedom and duly constituted authority, their emphasis tended to be on the side of duly constituted authority.

    What is Canada?

  • According to the opinion of these authors, the government of Armorica was monarchical from the period of its independence on the Roman empire. —

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Great and terrible as the tyrant may appear enthroned amid his satellites, let us not be afraid to go in and ask; and the answer is, that the monarchical is the happiest, and the tyrannical the most miserable of States.

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • France and in opposition to what they were pleased to call the monarchical tendencies of the Federalists, they boldly assumed the name

    History of the United States

  • Now, the old semipatriarchal type of the family, which prevailed down to the beginning of the nineteenth century, the type of the family which we might perhaps properly call the monarchical type, has been disappearing for the past one hundred years, -- is in fact already practically extinct, at least in America, but we have not yet built up a new type of the family to take its place.

    Sociology and Modern Social Problems

  • He has been applauded as democratic, and with some warrant; while Shakspere, and with the greatest warrant, has been called monarchical or aristocratic (which he certainly is.)

    Robert Burns as Poet and Person. November Boughs


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