1The action of killing a king.
- In the hands of the Protestant exiles in the 1550s, conciliarism mutated into forms of resistance theory which justified regicide or the deposition of kings.
- Soon after his death, propagandists began to construct a myth of Scrope as a latter-day Thomas Becket, martyred for his exposure of Henry IV's perjury, regicide and tyrannical rule.
- His most influential interpreter, Mencius, carried his ideas further, even to the justification of regicide.
1.1A person who kills or takes part in killing a king.
- By killing the king the regicides made any future compromise impossible; they committed treason and their lives were forfeit.
- When Charles II returned to become king of England in 1660, those men who had signed his father's death warrant were tried as regicides (the murderer of a king) and executed.
- Some of the regicides - those who signed the death warrant - were executed after the Restoration, but the king's death marked a turning point, the end of the doctrine of divine right.
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- His head was displayed on a pike near Westminster Hall, the scene (according to taste) of either his greatest triumph or his most monstrous regicidal crime.
- The plot of the novel is told in two threads, one where the protagonist is a Doctor in the service of a King and the other where the hero is a bodyguard to a regicidal Protector General.
- To have convicted Crosfeild for singing a regicidal song would have been unjust and even preposterous, so that at least legally there has to be some kind of aesthetic dispensation, aesthetic free space for strong expressions.
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