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[king-ship] /ˈkɪŋ ʃɪp/
the state, office, or dignity of a king.
rule by a king; monarchy.
aptitude for kingly duties.
(initial capital letter) a title used in referring to a king: Majesty (preceded by His or Your).
Origin of kingship
1275-1325; Middle English kingscip. See king, -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • With this disgraceful act of violence to his personal feelings, Louis lost all taste for kingship.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • He was obsessed by the idea of the dignity, almost the divinity—of kingship.

  • David was trained for kingship, not in courts, but on the hillsides with his flocks.

    The Little Colonel in Arizona Annie Fellows Johnston
  • And on his shoulder was the cross of kingship, and that was shining too.

  • Yet I would have you remember what I said yesterday about my kingship.

    King Alfred's Viking Charles W. Whistler
  • He is not fitted for kingship, but life has made him a king.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • It was revealing in men who had till now cowered before the might of kingship a power greater than the might of kings.

    History of the English People John Richard Green
  • But they have lost their chance of kingship through worshipping us.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • Great is the combat, divine is the work: it is for kingship, for freedom, for happiness.

    The English Novel Sidney Lanier
  • A disanointing poison, taking away his kingship and his godhead.

British Dictionary definitions for kingship


the position or authority of a king
the skill or practice of ruling as a king
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kingship

early 14c., from king + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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