What does monarchy mean?

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ˈmɒn ər kimonar·chy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. monarchynoun

    an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority


  1. monarchynoun

    A government with a hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler).

  2. Etymology: From μοναρχία.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Monarchynoun

    Etymology: monarchie, Fr. μοναρχία.

    While the monarchy flourished, these wanted not a protector. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    I past
    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monarchynoun

    a state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch

  2. Monarchynoun

    a system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch

  3. Monarchynoun

    the territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom

  4. Etymology: [F. monarchie, L. monarchia, Gr. . See Monarch.]


  1. Monarchy

    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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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'monarchy' in Nouns Frequency: #2970

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monarchy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monarchy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of monarchy in a Sentence

  1. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul:

    The formation of a party that advocates the protection of the monarchy, whether by good intention or for destroying others, could only bring the monarchy into the political sphere.

  2. Elizabeth II:

    As history has shown, the British monarchy is anything but predictable -- in two of the last three generations the second-born child has stepped up to the top job and reigned successfully, never underestimate the long-lasting potential of a royal' spare'.

  3. Royalty TV co-founder Nick Bullen:

    The word that was used was ‘his monarchy manifesto,’ which I quite like, it’s… an idea of what sort of king he’s going to be.

  4. Catherine Haddon:

    Philip's death really is the beginning of the end of an era. It is a story that reminds us The Queen is a person, not just an institution, the irony is that The Queen younger relatives have to date been little more than personalities, and it's not clear how well that will translate into becoming heads of the monarchy.

  5. Miss Sarah Ferguson:

    I am a number one fan of the monarchy, and I stand very strongly for the extraordinary steadfastness of the queen.

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. currish
    • B. splay
    • C. repugnant
    • D. tantamount

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