a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
A series of rulers or dynasts from one family.
Origin: From dynastia, from δυναστεία.
sovereignty; lordship; dominion
a race or succession of kings, of the same line or family; the continued lordship of a race of rulers
Origin: [Gr. dynastei`a lordship, fr. dynastey`ein to hold power or lordship, fr. dyna`sths: cf. F. dynastie dynasty. See Dynast.]
A dynasty is a sequence of rulers considered as members of the same family. Historians traditionally consider many sovereign states' history within a framework of successive dynasties, e.g., Ancient Egypt and the Persian Empire. Much of European political history is dominated by dynasties such as the Carolingians, the Capetians, the Bourbons, the Habsburgs, the Stuarts, the Hohenzollerns and the Romanovs. Until the 19th century, it was taken for granted that a legitimate function of a monarch was to aggrandize his dynasty; that is, to increase the territory, wealth and power of family members. A dynasty is also often called a house, and may be described as imperial, royal, ducal, princely or comital depending upon the chief title borne by its rulers. Dynasty is also used to refer to the era during which a family reigned, as well as events, trends and artifacts of that period. In such cases, often "dynasty" is dropped, while the name is used adjectivally; e.g., Tudor style, Ottoman expansion, Romanov decadence, etc. While contemporary English includes references to an array of prominent or influential families as dynasties, in much of the world, dynasty has been associated with monarchy and defined patrilineally. Kinship and inheritance were predominantly viewed and legally calculated through descent from a common ancestor in the male line. However, men descended from a dynasty through females have sometimes adopted the name of that dynasty while claiming its position or inheritance.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
din′as-ti, or d[i]′nas-ti, n. a succession of kings of the same family.—n. Dy′nast, a ruler.—adj. Dynas′tic, belonging to a dynasty. [Gr. dynasteia—dynastēs, a lord, dynasthai, to be able.]
The numerical value of dynasty in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of dynasty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I don't come from a family dynasty, but a working family. I grew up blue-collar, not blue blood.
From nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to Dynasty.
My whole entire life, I have had a Bush or a Clinton or an Obama as president. I want a different name. I don't want the same dynasty representing us over and over again.
At first, it all gives a rather pathetic image of a party based on a dynasty, but in the long run, if she manages the crisis well media-wise ... she could win from this break-up.
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- سلالة, سلالة حاكمةArabic
- dinastiaCatalan, Valencian
- ríora, ríshliochtIrish
- հարստություն, դինաստիա, տունArmenian
- wangsa, ahalaIndonesian
- dynasti, ättenSwedish
- triều đại, vương triềuVietnamese
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