Definition of kingcraft in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɪŋkrɑːft/


[mass noun] archaic
The art of ruling as a king, especially with reference to the use of clever or crafty diplomacy in dealing with subjects.
Example sentences
  • As Part Two evinced, Paine was much more than a talented popularizer of advanced ideas, a megaphone for the enlightenment project against kingcraft, lordcraft and priestcraft.
  • These contrivances that I declare unto thee are legitimate means of kingcraft. They are not reckoned as methods fraught with deceit.

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