Fifth monarchy

Fifth monarchy
Monarchy Mon"arch*y, n.; pl. {Monarchies}. [F. monarchie, L. monarchia, Gr. ?. See {Monarch}.] 1. A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch. [1913 Webster]

2. A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch. [1913 Webster]

In those days he had affected zeal for monarchy. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom. [1913 Webster]

What scourage for perjury Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Fifth monarchy}, a universal monarchy, supposed to be the subject of prophecy in Daniel ii.; the four preceding monarchies being Assyrian, Persian, Grecian, and Roman. See {Fifth Monarchy men}, under {Fifth}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • fifth monarchy — the fifth and final monarchy following the Assyrian, Persian, Greek (under Alexander the Great), and Roman monarchies, supposed to have been prophesied in Dan. 2. * * * …   Universalium

  • fifth monarchy — noun : a universal monarchy supposed to be prophesied in Daniel 2 and to follow the monarchies of the Assyrians, Persians, Greco Macedonians, and Romans …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fifth monarchy men — Fifth Fifth, a. [OE. fifte, fifthe, AS. f[=i]fta. See {Five}.] 1. Next in order after the fourth; the ordinal of five. [1913 Webster] 2. Consisting of one of five equal divisions of a thing. [1913 Webster] {Fifth monarchy men} (Hist.), a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fifth-monarchy men — plural noun (historical) An extreme sect at the time of the Puritan revolution, who looked for a new reign of Christ on earth in succession to Daniel s four great monarchies of Antichrist • • • Main Entry: ↑fifth …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fifth Monarchy Men —   [fɪfθ mɔnəkɪ men], im 17. Jahrhundert sozialrevolutionäre Bewegung in England, Fünftmonarchianer …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Fifth Monarchy Men —    The Fifth Monarchy Men was a powerful millennial movement that emerged in the 1640s during the tumultuous times of the Puritan Commonwealth in England. They hoped to reform Parliament in preparation for the return of Christ toward the end of… …   Encyclopedia of Protestantism

  • Fifth Monarchy Men — Eng. Hist. (during the Commonwealth in the 17th century) a militant sect of Puritans who identified the fifth monarchy with the millennial reign of Christ and who believed they should help to inaugurate that reign by force. * * * ▪ religious sect …   Universalium

  • FIFTH-MONARCHY MEN —    a set of fanatics of extreme levelling tendencies, who, towards the close of the Protectorate, maintained that Jesus Christ was about to reappear on the earth to establish a fifth monarchy that would swallow up and forcibly suppress all that… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Fifth-monarchy-man — noun a member of a 17th century sect expecting the immediate second coming of Christ and repudiating all other government. Origin from Fifth Monarchy, denoting the last of the five great empires prophesied by Daniel (Dan. 2:44) …   English new terms dictionary

  • fifth monarchy man — noun Usage: usually capitalized F & both Ms : a member of a fanatical sect in England at the time of the Commonwealth who believed that the fifth monarchy during which Christ would reign on earth a thousand years was near at hand and that they… …   Useful english dictionary

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