divine right
noun Date: circa 1600 the right of a sovereign to rule as set forth by the theory of government that holds that a monarch receives the right to rule directly from God and not from the people

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  • Divine right — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Divine Right ou Divine Right of Kings est un terme anglais signifiant droit divin . Deux œuvres, dont le titre n a pas été traduit en français, portent ce …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Divine right — Right Right, n. [AS. right. See {Right}, a.] 1. That which is right or correct. Specifically: (a) The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt, the opposite of moral wrong. (b) A true… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Divine Right — may refer to: The Divine right of kings, the doctrine that a monarch derives his or her power directly from God Episcopal polity, the doctrine that is required in the church jure divino, i.e. by the command of God Divine Right (game), a fantasy… …   Wikipedia

  • divine right — divine rights N COUNT: usu sing If someone thinks they have a divine right to something, they think that it is their right to have it, without making any effort. A degree does not mean you have a divine right to health, wealth, and happiness …   English dictionary

  • Divine Right — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Divine Right ou Divine Right of Kings est un terme anglais signifiant droit divin . Deux œuvres, dont le titre n a pas été traduit en français, portent ce …   Wikipédia en Français

  • divine right — noun 1 (singular) the right given to a king or queen by God to rule a country, that in former times could not be questioned or opposed 2 have a divine right to do sth informal to be able to do what you want without having to ask permission: You… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • divine right — noun 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • divine right — di.vine right n [singular] 1.) the right given to a king or queen by God to rule a country, that in former times could not be opposed 2.) informal the right to do what you want without having to ask permission ▪ Being my wife doesn t give you the …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • divine right — di,vine right noun singular 1. ) in the past, the idea that a king or queen ruled because of a right given by God so that they could not be opposed or removed from power 2. ) a right that you think you have to do what you want, even if it harms… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • divine right — UK / US noun [singular] 1) in the past, the idea that a king or queen ruled because of a right given by God so that they could not be opposed or removed from power 2) a right that you think you have that allows you to do what you want, even if it …   English dictionary

  • divine right — Synonyms and related words: absolute power, absolutism, appurtenance, authority, birthright, claim, competence, competency, conjugal right, constituted authority, delegated authority, demand, droit, due, faculty, inalienable right, indirect… …   Moby Thesaurus

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