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divine right of kings

noun
the doctrine that the right of rule derives directly from God, not from the consent of the people.
Also called divine right.


Origin:
1735–45

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divine right of kings
 
n
history the concept that the right to rule derives from God and that kings are answerable for their actions to God alone

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divine right of kings definition


The doctrine that kings and queens have a God-given right to rule and that rebellion against them is a sin. This belief was common through the seventeenth century and was urged by such kings as Louis xiv of France. (See absolute monarchy.)

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