majesty

Definitions

  • "'Your Majesty is certainly wrong.'"
    "'Your Majesty is certainly wrong.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n majesty impressiveness in scale or proportion
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Your Majesty Your Majesty

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • majesty a title granted by the pope to the kings of Hungary on account of the extensive propagation of Christianity by St. Stephen, the founder of the royal line. It is now a title of the emperor of Austria in right of the throne of Hungary.
    • Majesty Dignity; elevation of manner or style.
    • Majesty Hence, used with the possessive pronoun, the title of an emperor, king or queen; -- in this sense taking a plural; as, their majesties attended the concert.
    • n Majesty The dignity and authority of sovereign power; quality or state which inspires awe or reverence; grandeur; exalted dignity, whether proceeding from rank, character, or bearing; imposing loftiness; stateliness; -- usually applied to the rank and dignity of sovereigns. "The Lord reigneth; he is clothed with majesty .""No sovereign has ever represented the majesty of a great state with more dignity and grace."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n majesty The greatness or grandeur of exalted rank or character, or of manner; imposing loftiness; stateliness; in general, the character of inspiring awe or reverence.
    • n majesty Royal state; royalty.
    • n majesty A title of address or dignity (commonly written with a capital) used in speaking to or of a ruling sovereign or his (or more rarely her) wedded consort: as, your Majesty or Majesties; their majesties the king and queen. By papal grant, the sovereigns of Spain bear the title of Catholic Majesty; those of Portugal, of Most Faithful Majesty; and the former kings of France had that of Most Christian Majesty.
    • n majesty [capitalized] In medieval art, etc., a symbolic representation of the first person of the Trinity, seated on a throne. In the art of the Western Church this figure is usually robed in a cope and other vestments, wearing, as emblematic of sovereignty over the whole universe, a triple (sometimes a quadruple) crown similar to the papal tiara, and holding the mound or globe of kingly authority.
    • n majesty In medieval English usage, the canopy of a hearse: so called because generally adorned with the symbolic figure of God the Father, called the Majesty. See hearse.
    • n majesty In heraldry, a representation of an eagle as crowned with a regal crown and holding a scepter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Majesty maj′es-ti greatness: grandeur: dignity: elevation of manner or style: royal state: a title of kings and other sovereigns, esp. with possessive pronouns, as His or Her Majesty, &c.: a symbolic representation of the first person of the Trinity enthroned: the canopy of a hearse:
    • n Majesty maj′es-ti (her.) an eagle crowned and sceptred
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Quotations

  • Edward Young
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    “Virtue alone has majesty in death.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.”
  • Fiona Macleod
    Fiona Macleod
    “A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green majesty of forests. I too will set my face to the wind and throw my handful of seed on high.”
  • W. Secker
    W. Secker
    “Clemency is one of the brightest diamonds in the crown of majesty.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “Majesty and love do not consort well together, nor do they dwell in the same place.”
  • Winston Churchill
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    “It cannot in the opinion of His Majesty's Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. magestee, F. majesté, L. majestas, fr. an old compar. of magnus, great. See Major Master
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. majesté—L. majestasmajus, comp. of magnus, great.

Usage

In literature:

PRUSSIAN MAJESTY HAS DISPLEASED THE KAISER AND THE KING OF POLAND.
"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia Frederick The Great--Complete Table of Contents: 22 Volumes" by Thomas Carlyle
His actions are guided by the law of God and the service of your Majesty.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
At five the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress made their appearance long after many of Her Majesty's Ministers had arrived.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
After that I thought it best to take the oars myself, and his Majesty steered under my direction.
"The Wallypug in London" by G. E. Farrow
What is there of awful majesty in these men which makes the hand unsteady, the dagger treacherous, the pistol-shot harmless?
"Vera" by Oscar Wilde
That will constitute a very great blessing and be an alms which your Majesty will bestow upon this convent.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by Various
El Capitan, on the other hand, suggests majesty, order, proportion, and power; it has its many devotees.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Of this prince the Saxon Chronicle furnishes an anecdote, of which the naval excursions of his present Majesty are calculated to remind us.
"Coronation Anecdotes" by Giles Gossip
The library was his Majesty's favourite apartment.
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
And now get out; His Majesty wants nobody about but me this evening.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
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In poetry:

RIBERA.
Yea, but I know not when; he seems to wait
Momently, orders from his Majesty
To travel onward.
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
And art thou proud, my darling love?
Thus should it ever be;
For beauty hath, the clearest right,
Of sovereign majesty.
"On Hearing That My Love Was Proud" by James Avis Bartley
And though his face no more we see,
He still reflects his light,
And shines with glorious majesty,
In other realms more bright.
"Virtuous Age" by James McCauley
Father of lights! thou gav'st us eyes
Earth, ocean, sun, and stars to see,
And thee in all;—they roll or rise
To teach us of thy majesty.
"Hymns For Dedication XI" by John Pierpont
Ride on! ride on in majesty!
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh:
Bow thy meek head to mortal pain;
Then take, O God, thy power, and reign!
"Ride on! ride on in majesty!" by Henry Hart Milman
The King of saints, how fair his face,
Adorned with majesty and grace!
He comes with blessings from above,
And wins the nations to his love.
"Psalm 45 part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Her Majesty's 'Blunt Instrument '.
Berky injured as Pony Boys, Majesty roll on.
"The Attack on Her Majesty 's Ship Beagle, 1860-2008," Barry Buxkamper.
Our backyard mountain majesty .
Glimpsing Alaska majesty at Denali.
School Reporters join an international party to celebrate Her Majesty .
Her Majesty 's Diamond Jubilee.
Experience majesty of 'Reliquaries' at Syracuse's Everson Museum.
Federal judge sees majesty in the law, not jokes.
Getting a lesson in the majesty of the law.
New book ' Majesty of Mobile' highlights beautiful historic homes.
Stormy's Majesty , Beautiful But Blue win at Big A.
On Her Majesty 's Secret Service.
Diana Rigg and George Lazenby in On Her Majesty 's Secret Service On Her Majesty 's Secret Service.
Dungeness River's majesty knows no bounds.
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In science:

Wales W, Bayly W (1777) The original astronomical observations made in the course of a voyage towards the South Pole and round the world in his majesty’s ships the Resolution and the Adventure in the years 1772-1775.
Astronomy in Antarctica
London, published by his Majesty’s Stationery Office, 350pp.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
The tree is an enormously tal l tulip tree, which stood, with some eight or ten oaks, upon the level, and far surpassed them al l, and al l other trees which I had then ever seen, in the beauty of its foliage and form, in the wide spread of its branches, and in the general majesty of its appearance.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
EuSpRIG held its first formal meeting in the offices of Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise as it was then known, in central London in January 2000.
An Insight into Spreadsheet User Behaviour through an Analysis of EuSpRIG Website Statistics
Use in Industry of Elasticity Measurements in Metals with the help of Mechanical Vibrations, Her Majesty’s Stationary Office, London. 19 Spinner, S., 1954.
Limits to Poisson's ratio in isotropic materials - general result for arbitrary deformation
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