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divine right of kings

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Definition of divine right of kings in English:

noun

The doctrine that kings derive their authority from God not their subjects, from which it follows that rebellion is the worst of political crimes. It was enunciated in Britain in the 16th and 17th centuries under the Stuarts and is also associated with the absolutism of Louis XIV of France.
Example sentences
  • It is an idea invented by politicians for politicians, a modern adaptation of the doctrine of the divine right of kings.
  • This absolute pardon power comes from the divine right of kings, that kings can do no wrong.
  • Despite enduring a sickly childhood Charles matured into a strong-willed Stuart monarch and an advocate of the divine right of kings.

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