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[muh-nahr-ki-kuh l] /məˈnɑr kɪ kəl/
of, like, or pertaining to a monarch or monarchy.
characterized by or favoring monarchy.
Also, monarchic.
Origin of monarchical
1570-80; < Greek monarchik(ós) (see monarch, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
monarchically, adverb
antimonarchic, adjective
antimonarchical, adjective
antimonarchically, adverb
nonmonarchic, adjective
nonmonarchically, adverb
premonarchical, adjective
semimonarchic, adjective
semimonarchical, adjective
semimonarchically, adverb
unmonarchic, adjective
unmonarchical, adjective
unmonarchically, adverb
Can be confused
monarchal, monarchical. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for monarchical
  • Throughout the city, centuries-old monuments from the country's monarchical past are juxtaposed against a modern urban backdrop.
  • They had no crushing monarchical or imperial chains to throw off.
  • Neither lot nor vote has any place in monarchical government.
  • Parliament will choose the prime minister, who will pick his cabinet without monarchical interference.
  • Its subsequent claim of near-monarchical detention powers on a permanent basis was radical, and didn't work out so well.
  • If that is the peak of anti-monarchical feeling, as it may well be, then monarchists can relax.
  • Authority of all kinds, whether monarchical or priestly, was swept away by an upsurge of secular and theological individualism.
  • At the same time, he did not fail to emphasize the power of his master and the importance of the monarchical system.

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