from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Government by a monarch.
- n. A state ruled or headed by a monarch.
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- n. A government with a hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch.
- n. A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch.
- n. The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Supreme power wielded by a single person; absolute personal authority.
- n. The principle of government by a monarch; the monarchical system.
- n. A government in which the supreme power is either actually or nominally lodged in the hands of a monarch or sole ruler, who holds his position for life, generally with hereditary succession.
- n. The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom; an empire.
- n. In theology, the doctrine that there is in the Godhead only one principle (
ἀρχή), cause ( αἰτία), source or fountain ( πηγή) of deity, namely God the Father, from whom the Son and the Holy Ghost derive their divinity. Also monorchia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority
One of the perks of visiting what amounts to a monarchy is the VIP treatment.
This minority, this small minority, violent and provocative minority, must be overwhelmed by the expressed and demonstrated loyalty of Canadians, Englishspeaking and French-speaking, to Canada, to its institutions of which the monarchy is a cherished and honoured part, and to its unity.
You know a monarchy is feeling the heat when errant subjects face a beating with spikes.
A string of opposition arrests has prompted fears that the monarchy is beginning to abandon its attempts at democracy and return to authoritarianism.
So it may be another proof that, even though monarchy is stupid and outdated, in general a strong single-man executive is really the root of all evils, torture and all.
The mix of modern life with the trappings of monarchy is handled very well.
America does not believe in monarchy for the United States of America, but America should have understood, and they should have respected monarchy for Afghanistan.
Paternalist monarchy is a considerably more traditional and conservative form of government in Afghanistan then the kind of mullahocracy which they had from 1996 to 2001. abb1 says:
In the kingdom of Great Britain, where all the ostentatious apparatus of monarchy is to be provided for, not above a fifteenth part of the annual income of the nation is appropriated to the class of expenses last mentioned; the other fourteen fifteenths are absorbed in the payment of the interest of debts contracted for carrying on the wars in which that country has been engaged, and in the maintenance of fleets and armies.
Comparing the modern ecological movement to the policies of a despotic, religion-supressing monarchy is sure to change hearts and minds.