Definition of kingdom in English:


Line breaks: king|dom
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪŋdəm


  • 2The spiritual reign or authority of God.
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    • In its religious sense, kingdom is ‘the spiritual reign or authority of God.’
    • That said, obviously the kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom.
    • Its inward sign is the true spiritual kingdom: the covenantal relationship between God and believers.
  • 2.1The rule of God or Christ in a future age.
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    • You see, I think that the ultimate triumph of the Cross, of good over evil, will only be complete in the future kingdom of God.
    • We preach that in Christ and by Christ the kingdom of God has come and the day of salvation has arrived.
    • Until then, let us be content - no, let us rejoice - to labour and toil for the kingdom of Christ.
  • 2.2Heaven as the abode of God and of the faithful after death.
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    • Drawing death's sting, you opened the kingdom of heaven to all who would believe.
    • Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
    • From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
  • 3Each of the three traditional divisions (animal, vegetable, and mineral) in which natural objects have conventionally been classified.
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    • As for keeping their numbers down, leave it to mother nature, she'll sort out the animal kingdom the natural way.
    • This implies that everything shares the same energy, allowing us to treat human diseases with medicines from plant, mineral and animal kingdoms from around the world.
    • Until comparatively recently, living organisms were divided into two kingdoms: animal and vegetable, or the Animalia and the Plantae.
  • 3.1 Biology The highest category in taxonomic classification.
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    • On the bright side, if students can get into the vertebrate examples discussed here, maybe some will plumb deeper into other phyla and kingdoms.
    • He developed the system whereby every known living creature is assigned to a kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.
    • In a cursory survey of life it is obvious that a vast number of species spanning most kingdoms and phyla have features that are teleologically designed to deal out disease and/or death.


come into (or to) one's kingdom

Achieve recognition or supremacy.
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  • Continuing with Millar's book, one of the most striking passages early on is the almost random way he seems to have come into his kingdom.
  • He's still quite raw, executing his wonders - those leaps, for instance, which are both thistledown light and precisely chiseled - with the air of a youthful prince or god who hasn't fully realized he's about to come into his kingdom.

till (or until) kingdom come

informal Forever.
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  • If you leaf through the New Testament from here until kingdom come, you won't find a parable about the good Australian Industrial Relations Commissioner.
  • And present it in such a way that they will avoid challenging you until kingdom come!
  • We could list all our deficits from now until kingdom come, but I think that the experience in Limerick in particular has shown, that the provision of a university is key!

to kingdom come

informal Into the next world: the truck was blown to kingdom come
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  • And as such, it does raise questions about how far a non-ironic war movie can go in asking for peace and understanding while also glorifying the act of blowing the mysterious enemy to kingdom come.
  • Both sides, but especially the Italians, used picks, shovels, and dynamite to tunnel deep underneath enemy camps and then blast their adversaries to kingdom come.
  • Prisoners on Thailand's death row are doubtless delighted to know that they are now likely to be killed by lethal injection rather than strapped blindfolded to a pole and blasted to kingdom come by a mounted machine gun.


Old English cyningdōm 'kingship' (see king, -dom).

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