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[dahy-nuh-stee; British also din-uh-stee] /ˈdaɪ nə sti; British also ˈdɪn ə sti/
noun, plural dynasties.
a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group:
the Ming dynasty.
the rule of such a sequence.
a series of members of a family who are distinguished for their success, wealth, etc.
Origin of dynasty
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin dynastīa < Greek dynasteia. See dynast, -y3
Related forms
[dahy-nas-tik; British also dih-nas-tik] /daɪˈnæs tɪk; British also dɪˈnæs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
dynastical, adjective
dynastically, adverb
antidynastic, adjective
antidynastical, adjective
antidynastically, adverb
antidynasty, adjective
nondynastic, adjective
nondynastical, adjective
nondynastically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dynastic
  • dynastic wars are no longer feared, dynastic alliances no longer valued.
  • In too many dynastic histories, the patriarch is wreathed in a storybook haze.
  • They were distinct in appearance, business methods and dynastic pride.
  • She owes her position to a dynastic claim and two personal tragedies.
  • There was no doubting the family's dynastic ambitions.
  • One in ten of those dynastic daughters was done away with at birth.
  • Royal marriages were dynastic and political alliances.
  • Moreover, when dynastic rule achieved in this way was stable and prosperous, city life flourished.
  • Thus the altarpiece may have commemorated these dynastic weddings.
  • The rulers hold power on the basis of their dynastic position and their legitimacy in a system of tribal consensus.
British Dictionary definitions for dynastic


noun (pl) -ties
a sequence of hereditary rulers: an Egyptian dynasty
any sequence of powerful leaders of the same family: the Kennedy dynasty
Derived Forms
dynastic (dɪˈnæstɪk), dynastical, adjective
dynastically, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via Late Latin from Greek dunasteia, from dunastēsdynast
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Word Origin and History for dynastic

1800; see dynasty + -ic.



mid-15c. (earlier dynastia, late 14c.), from Middle French dynastie and directly from Late Latin dynastia, from Greek dynasteia "power, lordship, sovereignty," from dynastes "ruler, chief," from dynasthai "have power."

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