Definition of royalist in English:


Line breaks: roy¦al|ist
Pronunciation: /ˈrɔɪəlɪst


  • 1A person who supports the principle of monarchy or a particular monarchy.
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    • The royalists believe the monarch is a national icon.
    • Louis-Napoleon was also supported by royalists, who had been seething in impotence since February and imagined that they could use him as a bridge to the restoration of the monarchy.
    • The problem with saying that you don't support the Royal Family is that royalists always blow the dust off the same old riposte.
  • 1.1 (Royalist) A supporter of the King against Parliament in the English Civil War.
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    • This was the time of the Civil War between the Royalists and Parliamentarians and Wallis used his skills in cryptography in decoding Royalist messages for the Parliamentarians.
    • Political unrest and reform were sweeping across Europe, highlighted in England by the Civil War between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians.
    • The Royalists supported the king, Charles I, who believed that he ruled by the divine right of God, and answered to no one.
  • 1.2US A supporter of the British during the War of American Independence.
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    • The American Revolution was led by descendants of New England Puritans and southern Royalists, many of them intensely proud of their English origins, culture, and identity.


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  • 1Giving support to the monarchy: the paper claims to be royalist
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    • Saudi Arabia and Jordan supported Badr's royalist forces to oppose the newly formed republic.
    • Louis-Napoleon seemed a pliable figurehead to the old monarchist élites, a means of resurrecting royalist values at a time when traditional monarchy was truly impossible.
    • Our report on the Yorkshire Evening Post's premature coverage of the death of the Queen Mother caused outrage among royalist Register readers.
  • 1.1 (Royalist) (In the English Civil War) supporting the King against Parliament: the Royalist army
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    • Historians of the English Civil War tell us that the Parliamentary and Royalist sides did not divide equally on grounds of religion.
    • The pub's history dates back to the seventeenth century, with claims that Sir Thomas Fairfax's wife was captured by Royalist forces in 1643 on the spot where it now stands.
    • During the Civil War she actively supported the Royalist cause, raising money and troops.



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  • The Internet is a hotbed of royalism; anti-monarchism and republicanism are comparatively thinly represented.
  • Balancing royalism with the region's often virulent strain of fundamentalism has never been easy.
  • There were two options for royalism after 1814: to attempt to revive absolutism or to accept constitutional monarchy - in other words, royal Bonapartism or royal parliamentarianism.

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