an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority
A government with a hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler).
Origin: From μοναρχία.
a state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch
a system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch
the territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom
Origin: [F. monarchie, L. monarchia, Gr. . See Monarch.]
A monarchy is a form of government in which sovereignty is actually or nominally embodied in a single individual. Forms of monarchy differ widely based on the level of legal autonomy the monarch holds in governance, the method of selection of the monarch, and any predetermined limits on the length of their tenure. When the monarch has no or few legal restraints in state and political matters, it is called an absolute monarchy and is a form of autocracy. Cases in which the monarch's discretion is formally limited are called constitutional monarchies. In hereditary monarchies, the office is passed through inheritance within a family group, whereas elective monarchies are selected by some system of voting. Historically these systems are most commonly combined, either formally or informally, in some manner. Finally, there are situations in which the expiration of a monarch’s reign is set based either on the calendar or on the achievement of certain goals The effect of historical and geographic difference along each of these three axes is to create widely divergent structures and traditions defining “monarchy.”
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Rank popularity for the word 'monarchy' in Nouns Frequency: #2970
The numerical value of monarchy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of monarchy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The state is nothing but an instrument of opression of one class by another--no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy.
It's a farce of the highest level, i would equate it to something like 'Airplane!' or 'Hot Shots!' you know. I mean it's funny but it's definitely nothing that could topple a monarchy.
The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.
We do not oppose the government and do not want its downfall, but we are calling for civil and political rights, a constitutional monarchy, an elected parliament and an independent, just judiciary.
A monarchy is the most expensive of all forms of government, the regal state requiring a costly parade, and he who depends on his own power to rule, must strengthen that power by bribing the active and enterprising whom he cannot intimidate.
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- monarquiaCatalan, Valencian
- monarĥio, monarkioEsperanto
- پادشاهی, سلطنتPersian
- konungdæmi, konungsríkiIcelandic
- 君主制, 군주제Korean
- ຣາຊາທິປະໄຕ, ລາຊາທິປະໄຕLao
- эзэн хаант улсMongolian
- kongedømme, monarkiNorwegian
- монархија, monarhijaSerbo-Croatian
- хокимияти мутлақа, монархия, салтанатTajik
- quân chủ, chế độ quân chủ, nền quân chủVietnamese
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