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kingly

[king-lee] /ˈkɪŋ li/
adjective, kinglier, kingliest.
1.
stately or splendid, as resembling, suggesting, or befitting a king; regal:
He strode into the room with a kingly air.
2.
pertaining or proper to a king:
kingly power.
3.
having the rank of king.
4.
consisting of kings or others of royal rank:
kingly personages.
adverb
5.
in the manner of a king; regally.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see king, -ly
Related forms
kingliness, noun
unkingly, adjective, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. princely, sovereign, majestic, august, magnificent, exalted, grand. Kingly, regal, royal refer to that which is closely associated with a king, or is suitable for one. What is kingly may either belong to a king, or be befitting, worthy of, or like a king: a kingly presence, appearance, graciousness. Regal is especially applied to the office of kingship or the outward manifestations of grandeur and majesty: regal authority, bearing, splendor, munificence. Royal is applied especially to what pertains to or is associated with the person of a monarch: the royal family, word, robes, salute; a royal residence.
Antonyms
1, 2. lowly.
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Examples for kingly
  • The president lives in a palace, they say, and he should act more kingly.
  • But there is a natural inclination in mankind to kingly government.
  • Today's dog of the day honoree is a tiny pup with a kingly manner.
  • The actor is too relaxed and jocular to convey the kingly pride or the tension and insecurity of being an underworld monarch.
  • Pre-colonial patterns of kingly and princely control of land have yielded under colonial and post-colonial dynamics.
British Dictionary definitions for kingly

kingly

/ˈkɪŋlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
appropriate to a king; majestic
2.
royal
adverb
3.
(poetic or archaic) in a manner appropriate to a king
Derived Forms
kingliness, noun
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