divine right


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n divine right 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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  • Harold Macmillan
    “We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.”
  • John Donne
    “Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right, by these we reach divinity.”
  • Herbert Spencer
    “Divine right of kings means the divine right of anyone who can get uppermost.”
  • Basil Hume
    Basil Hume
    “Moral choices do not depend on personal preference and private decision but on right reason and, I would add, divine order.”
  • Wyndham Lewis
    “A hundred things are done today in the divine name of Youth, that if they showed their true colors would be seen by rights to belong rather to old age.”


In literature:

I suspect that it is some scheme aimed at the divine right of kings.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putnam Serviss
Thomassin, of course, holds that the Church has a divine right to tithes; but it is a divine right to administer, not to enjoy, them.
"John Knox" by A. Taylor Innes
In event of foreign attack Karl would subscribe without reserve to the "divine rights" of William.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
What divine right has been granted either to Napoleon the Great, or to Napoleon the little?
"Mysticism and its Results" by John Delafield
Have on your right hand the engagement ring of the divine affection.
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
This is an instance that the pagans looked upon birthright as a right divine.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
In his mind the Divine right of peers was firmly established.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
She rightly divined that this would be more stormy than the last.
"Mistress Margery" by Emily Sarah Holt
Bancroft, who followed him, was as earnest in enforcing his anti-Calvinistic dogma of the divine right of the episcopate.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
So "Forward, men," "Guide right," as in very truth we are in Divine Providence guided.
"Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals" by William H. Armstrong
The implicit faith in his own divine right to rule the greatest in the land gave him a strength as great as that of the regents.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Napoleon Bonaparte had shattered the divine right of kings nearly forty years earlier.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It exists by divine right, or it does not exist at all.
"The Life Radiant" by Lilian Whiting
But in the midst of it all it seemed right to Him to take a divine day off.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
That right I hold to be sacred and divine.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
The prestige of divine right has vanished from France with the old institutions.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Here the divine right of kings has never been recognized.
"America First" by Various
He would laugh at any claim of divine right.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
Equally natural and noble, but no less superstitious, is our own belief in the divine right of democracy.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
To a divine-right monarch this is exasperating.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield

In poetry:

What the world's myriad-petalled flower
Misses by some delight,
I know not what, some charm that's yours,
Divinely yours by right;
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
Am I a king, that I should call my own
This splendid ebon throne?
Or by what reason, or what right divine,
Can I proclaim it mine?
"Ultima Thule: From My Arm-Chair" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All nature wear one angry frown,
To crush you out - still know, my soul,
You are Divine. March on and on,
Nor right nor left but to the goal.
"The Song Of The Free" by Swami Vivekananda
Perhaps 'tis for the Past that he is sighing,
When Como's shore held many a hallowed shrine,
Where such as he were worshipped,--none denying
Their rights divine.
"Beside Lake Como" by John Lawson Stoddard
``Their thoughts shall be my thoughts, their aim my aim,
Their freeā€”lent loyalty my right divine;
Mine will I make their triumphs, mine their fame,
Their sorrows mine.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
Age would to youth return,
Farther from Heaven would be,
To feel the wildfire burn,
On idolising knee
Again to fall, and rob Thy shrine
Of hearts, the right of Love Divine.
"Fifth Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble

In news:

Does Bush claim the divine right of kings.
Does Bush claim the divine right of kings .
Kelly (The Divine Right of Capital) pre-sents us with alternative designs to the corporate economic structures that have their heart in Wall Street.
I started this thing all those years ago to teach and inform about Wicca , gay rights, and about the Divine in all of us and how, no matter your outlook, we are not that different from each other.