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divine right of kings

the doctrine that the right of rule derives directly from God, not from the consent of the people.
Also called divine right.
Origin of divine right of kings
1735-45 Unabridged
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divine right of kings

(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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