divine right of kings

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n divine right of kings the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects; rebellion is the worst of political crimes "the doctrine of the divine right of kings was enunciated by the Stuarts in Britain in the 16th century"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Divine right of kings a name given to the patriarchal theory of government, especially to the doctrine that no misconduct and no dispossession can forfeit the right of a monarch or his heirs to the throne, and to the obedience of the people.
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Quotations

  • Harold Macmillan
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    “We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.”
  • Herbert Spencer
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    “Divine right of kings means the divine right of anyone who can get uppermost.”

Usage

In literature:

The one is the common right of humanity and the other is the divine right of kings.
"Standard Selections" by Various
Divine right of kings, ii, 83; v, 291.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
He was a republican so far as he disbelieved in the divine right of kings, and hated enthusiasm and loyalty generally.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
And that is what they were, under the divine right of a king to rule men.
"The Debs Decision" by Scott Nearing
There is no "divine right of kings" in business.
"Fundamentals of Prosperity" by Roger W. Babson
She knew that he was a king among men by divine right of inherent power.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Wmson (S.) on the right divine of kings to govern wrong, 494.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
Men were in vassalage to their immediate lord, who, in turn, was obliged to acknowledge the "divine right" of the king over him.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
The divine right of kings has gone.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
This was not upholding the principle of the "Divine Right of Kings"!
"A Short History of Spain" by Mary Platt Parmele
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In poetry:

Then King Admetus, one who had
Pure taste by right divine,
Decreed his singing not too bad
To hear between the cups of wine
"The Shepherd Of King Admetus" by James Russell Lowell
Our Grandma of England will find a cat's-paw
She never will make of our daughter-in-law;
Though she has given heirs to the Brandenburg line,
What then? I'm still king by a right that's divine.
"William of Prussia: The Aggressor" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Does Bush claim the divine right of kings.
Does Bush claim the divine right of kings .
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