Definitions for monarchy
ˈmɒn ər kimonar·chy
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word monarchy.
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).
Etymology: From μοναρχία.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: monarchie, Fr. μοναρχία.
While the monarchy flourished, these wanted not a protector. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.
Unto the kingdom of perpetual night.
The first that there did greet my stranger soul,
Was my great father-in-law, renowned Warwick,
Who cried aloud, What scourge for perjury
Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence. William Shakespeare.
This small inheritance
Contenteth me, and ’s worth a monarchy. William Shakespeare.
A monarchy is a form of government in which a person, the monarch, is head of state for life or until abdication. The political legitimacy and authority of the monarch may vary from restricted and largely symbolic (constitutional monarchy), to fully autocratic (absolute monarchy), and can expand across the domains of the executive, legislative, and judicial. The succession of monarchs in many cases has been hereditical, often building dynastic periods. However, elective and self-proclaimed monarchies have also happened. Aristocrats, though not inherent to monarchies, often serve as the pool of persons to draw the monarch from and fill the constituting institutions (e.g. diet and court), giving many monarchies oligarchic elements. Monarchs can carry various titles such as emperor, empress, king, and queen. Monarchies can form federations, personal unions and realms with vassals through personal association with the monarch, which is a common reason for monarchs carrying several titles. Monarchies were the most common form of government until the 20th century, by which time republics had replaced many monarchies. Today forty-three sovereign nations in the world have a monarch, including fifteen Commonwealth realms that share King Charles III as their head of state. Other than that, there is a range of sub-national monarchical entities. Most of the modern monarchies tend to be constitutional monarchies, retaining under a constitution unique legal and ceremonial roles for the monarch, exercising limited or no political power, similar to heads of state in a parliamentary republic.
A monarchy is a form of government in which supreme authority is vested in a single and usually hereditary figure, such as a king or queen, who exercises their powers in accordance with the laws and traditions of the country. Power is often passed down through generations within a single family line.
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
Etymology: [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
Even tragedies and mistakes like Diana have been turned to the advantage of the monarchy, monarchy is only ever as good as the people doing the job. None of the family did the job very well as recently as the 1990s. Look at the depths to which it sank and the price they had to pay in terms of paying tax, getting rid of the royal yacht, eating humble pie.
Princess Diana would have loved this. She wanted the monarchy to become every day and having an interracial marriage in the monarchy in London is a great step forward.
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order.
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.
The Tories in England had long imagined that they were enthusiastic about the monarchy, the church and beauties of the old English Constitution, until the day of danger wrung from them the confession that they are enthusiastic only about rent.
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- monarquiaCatalan, Valencian
- monarkio, monarĥioEsperanto
- پادشاهی, سلطنتPersian
- konungsríki, konungdæmiIcelandic
- 군주제, 君主制Korean
- ລາຊາທິປະໄຕ, ຣາຊາທິປະໄຕLao
- эзэн хаант улсMongolian
- monarki, kongedømmeNorwegian
- monarhija, монархијаSerbo-Croatian
- салтанат, монархия, хокимияти мутлақаTajik
- nền quân chủ, chế độ quân chủ, quân chủVietnamese
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