• WordNet 3.6
    • n monarchy an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Monarchy A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch.
    • Monarchy A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch. "In those days he had affected zeal for monarchy ."
    • Monarchy The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom. "What scourage for perjury
      Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n monarchy Supreme power wielded by a single person; absolute personal authority.
    • n monarchy The principle of government by a monarch; the monarchical system.
    • n monarchy A government in which the supreme power is either actually or nominally lodged in the hands of a monarch or sole ruler, who holds his position for life, generally with hereditary succession. There have been elective, monarchies, in which the successor to a deceased sovereign was chosen without obligatory regard to the hereditary principle; but this principle has finally prevailed, to the exclusion of choice, in all existing civilized monarchies. The former kingdom of Poland was a purely elective monarchy. The German-Roman empire was originally, and always nominally, elective; but for many centuries the chosen successor was almost invariably the heir of the former emperor. An absolute or despotic monarchy is one in which the will of the monarch or sovereign is supreme over all other authority or powers of government; a limited or constitutional monarchy, one in which the sovereign is limited to the exercise of particular powers or functions by the laws or constitution of the realm. More or less limited monarchies have nearly always existed. About the fifteenth century a noteworthy increase of the power of the sovereign took place (as in England under Edward IV., in France under Louis XL., in Spain under Ferdinand the Catholic and Charles V.). Till the close of the eighteenth century the prevalent theory and practice on the continent constituted nearly unrestricted absolutism; this has now almost disappeared from Europe, while still maintaining a foothold in Asia. But whether absolute or limited, the monarch is theoretically regarded as the source of all power, and all acts of government are done in his name.
    • n monarchy The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom; an empire.
    • n monarchy In theology, the doctrine that there is in the Godhead only one principle (ἀρχή), cause (αἰτία), source or fountain (πηγή) of deity, namely God the Father, from whom the Son and the Holy Ghost derive their divinity. Also monorchia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Monarchy a state or a people ruled over by one person: a kind of government of which the chief power is in the hands of a monarch: the territory of a monarch
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  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “It's vital the monarchy keeps in touch with the people. It's what I try and do.”
  • Harold Wilson
    Harold Wilson
    “The monarchy is a labor intensive industry.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
    “Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.”
  • Anthony Sampson
    Anthony Sampson
    “Once you touch the trappings of monarchy, like opening an Egyptian tomb, the inside is liable to crumble.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Well, Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy? A republic, if you can keep it”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. monarchie, L. monarchia, Gr. . See Monarch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. monarque, through L., from Gr. monarchēsmonos, alone, archein, to rule.


In literature:

Through the succeeding years it has been a protected monarchy.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
"The French Revolution" by R. M. Johnston
With a free press no monarchy can be maintained, especially in times of danger and convulsions.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Under the Commonwealth the landowners were as powerful as they had been under the monarchy.
"The Rise of the Democracy" by Joseph Clayton
The Iturbideans, who wished for a monarchy, with their chief as Emperor; and, 3.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
Syria was the battlefield of the great monarchies.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Monarchy, by an adherence to this system, was very safe, and the popular liberal cry needless.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
During twelve years of their business experience they loaned to different European Monarchies over $400,000,000.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
The time of universal monarchy was past, but the dread of it remained; and from Charles VIII.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
These two epoch-making historical factors are (1) the Thirty Years' War and (2) the Rise of the Prussian Monarchy.
"German Culture Past and Present" by Ernest Belfort Bax

In poetry:

That mamma, I regret to see,
Inclines to take your part,—
As if a dual monarchy
Should rule her gentle heart!
"To A Usurper" by Eugene Field
Live by thy Muse thou shalt, when others die,
Leaving no fame to long posterity;
When monarchies trans-shifted are, and gone,
Here shall endure thy vast dominion.
"On Himself" by Robert Herrick
Here lies a king, that rul'd as he thought fit
The universal monarchy of wit;
Here lie two flamens, and both those, the best,
Apollo's first, at last, the true God's priest.
"An Elegy Upon The Death Of Dr. Donne, Dean Of Paul's" by Thomas Carew
It is now one hundred years,
Or just one century,
Stood grand this good old nation,
And our forefathers fought
That we may not be a slave — A slave to the monarchy of England.
"Hurrah for Cooper and Cary" by Julia A Moore
“Be then the bard of thy country! O rather
Should such be thy choice than a monarchy wide!
Lo! ’Tis the land of the grave of thy father!
’Tis the cradle of liberty! Think and decide.”
"The Dream" by Charles Harpur
She will not turn until that hour
When thunders through the world
The crash of tyrant monarchies
By Freedom's hand down-hurled.
While Labour's voice from sea to sea
Sings loud, "My country, 'tis of thee."
""America Will Not Turn Back" --Woodrow Wilson" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Modeled after Springer 's top German tabloid, Bild, the Spanish paper featured topless women and poked fun at the Spanish monarchy.
But the pressure and politics of the British monarchy intervene.
The Arab world's most conservative monarchy must change fast or die.
INTERVIEWS Red Hot Chili Peppers Hipster Makeover Continues Unabated With 'Monarchy of Roses' Video.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Hipster Makeover Continues Unabated With 'Monarchy of Roses' Video.
Rejecting appeals to restore the country's 19th-century monarchy, Brazilians voted today to retain the system they borrowed from the United States 104 years ago -- a presidential republic.
"So far I'm not that impressed, to be brutally honest," he told us at the Monarchy by Eric Kim show.
Alana Burke is well known for non sequiturs and logical disconnects while heaping opprobrium on anyone to the left of the French monarchy.
With a smile that lit up TV screens around the world, Kate Middleton swept down the aisle Friday, April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey in London to marry Prince William in a union expected to revitalize the British monarchy.
Poll points to lagging support for monarchy among Canadians.
We need royals — a monarchy , a queen who jumps from helicopters.
With a smile that lit up TV screens around the world, Kate Middleton married Prince William in a union that promised to revitalize the British monarchy .
With a smile that lit up TV screens around the world, Kate Middleton swept down the aisle to marry Prince William in a union expected to revitalize the British monarchy .
William and Kate's royal wedding: British monarchy 's new era is sealed with a kiss.
Bahrain's Sunnis Defend Monarchy .

In science:

Schweitzer, private communication, has criticized the symmetry built into this model, where the probability to belong to the leaders (high q) is the same as the one to belong to the followers (low q). A monarchy needs one king with many sub jects.
Sociophysics Simulations
The social contract is a basic of all civilization. On the most extensive meaning, Montesquieu proposed that any law is a necessity relation. This is an expansion of the natural law. According to Montesquieu s principle, political system classifies democracy, monarchy and despotism.
Synergetic Application, Equations on Rule of Law and Two-Party Mechanism