legitimist

legitimist

[li-jit-uh-mist]
noun
1.
a supporter of legitimate authority, especially of a claim to a throne based on direct descent.
adjective
2.
Also, legitimistic. of, pertaining to, or supporting legitimate authority.

Origin:
1835–45; < Latin lēgitim(us) lawful (see legitim) + -ist, modeled on French légitimiste

legitimism, noun
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legitimist (lɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪst)
 
n
1.  a monarchist who supports the rule of a legitimate dynasty or of its senior branch
2.  (formerly) a supporter of the elder line of the Bourbon family in France
3.  a supporter of legitimate authority
 
adj
4.  of or relating to legitimists
 
le'gitimism
 
n

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