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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
constitutional monarchy (=a country ruled by a king or queen whose power is limited by a constitution)
▪ a constitutional monarchy
the institution of marriage/monarchy etc
▪ The scandal threatened to undermine the institution of the presidency.
▪ For Durkheim this explained the harshness of punishment in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when absolute monarchy was at its height.
▪ That is no more or less than a sovereign Parliament within a constitutional monarchy should be able to expect.
▪ The fourth element of the constitution is one that I have described as a parliamentary government under a constitutional monarchy.
▪ Under a constitutional monarchy, the Tsar was Grand Duke, with a bicameral legislature.
▪ Both, also, were constitutional monarchies.
▪ Number one, in all senses, was to establish a democratic, constitutional monarchy.
▪ Opposition leaders hailed the visit, calling for a referendum on the restoration of the constitutional monarchy.
▪ At that time, Nepal was transformed from an absolute monarchy into a multi-party democracy.
▪ Burns hated European monarchies and helped lead the American Revolution.
▪ Many people in Britain think the country no longer needs a monarchy.
▪ The US has close ties with the Saudi monarchy.
▪ Among ordinary people almost everywhere, however, the idea of monarchy had still great emotive power.
▪ But those who believe in the monarchy like to think it stands for stability and good example.
▪ Constitutional monarchies are obvious examples of political systems with a dual executive.
▪ His conquests transformed the ancient world and ushered in the Hellenistic age of great monarchies.
▪ In actual fact, what the monarchy does do is to reinforce Britain's position in the world as an outmoded Ruritania.
▪ That is no more or less than a sovereign Parliament within a constitutional monarchy should be able to expect.
▪ This may seem surprising in view of the widespread acceptance of monarchy.
▪ With monarchy, the essential problem is that power is put at the mercy of relatives and genetics.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Monarchy \Mon"arch*y\, n.; pl. Monarchies. [F. monarchie, L. monarchia, Gr. ?. See Monarch.]

  1. A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch.

  2. A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch.

    In those days he had affected zeal for monarchy.

  3. The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.

    What scourage for perjury Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence.

    Fifth monarchy, a universal monarchy, supposed to be the subject of prophecy in Daniel ii.; the four preceding monarchies being Assyrian, Persian, Grecian, and Roman. See Fifth Monarchy men, under Fifth.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"state ruled by monarchical government," mid-14c.; "rule by one person," late 14c.; from Old French monarchie "sovereignty, absolute power" (13c.), from Late Latin monarchia, from Greek monarkhia "absolute rule," literally "ruling of one," from monos "alone" (see mono-) + arkhein "to rule" (see archon).


n. 1 A government in which sovereignty is embodied within a single, today usually hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler). 2 The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom. 3 A form of government where sovereignty is embodied by a single ruler in a state and his high aristocracy representing their separate divided lands within the state and their low aristocracy representing their separate divided fiefs.


n. an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority

Monarchy (TV series)

Monarchy is a Channel 4 British TV series, 2004-2006, by British academic David Starkey of Sandbach, Cheshire, charting the political and ideological history of the English monarchy from the Saxon period to modern times. The show also aired on PBS stations throughout the United States, courtesy of PBS-member station WNET. In Australia, all four seasons were broadcast on ABC1 from May 2005 onwards.

Monarchy (band)

Monarchy is an English electronic music duo consisting of Andrew Armstrong (producer, DJ) and Ra Black (vocals, lyrics). Based in London, the duo were previously known as Milke.


A monarchy is a form of government in which a group, usually a family called the dynasty, embodies the country's national identity and one of its members, called the monarch, exercises a role of sovereignty. The actual power of the monarch may vary from purely symbolical ( crowned republic) to partial and restricted ( constitutional monarchy) to completely autocratic ( absolute monarchy). Traditionally and in most cases, the monarch's post is inherited and lasts until death or abdication, but there are also elective monarchies where the monarch is elected. Each of these has variations: in some elected monarchies only those of certain pedigrees are eligible, whereas many hereditary monarchies impose requirements regarding the religion, age, gender, mental capacity, and other factors. Occasionally this might create a situation of rival claimants whose legitimacy is subject to effective election. Finally, there have been cases where the term of a monarch's reign is either fixed in years or continues until certain goals are achieved: an invasion being repulsed, for instance. Thus there are widely divergent structures and traditions defining monarchy.

Monarchy was the most common form of government until the 19th century, but it is no longer prevalent. Where it exists, it is now usually a constitutional monarchy, in which the monarch retains a unique legal and ceremonial role, but exercises limited or no official political power: under the written or unwritten constitution, others have governing authority. Currently, 44 sovereign nations in the world have monarchs acting as heads of state, 16 of which are Commonwealth realms that recognise Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state. All European monarchies are constitutional ones, with the exception of the Vatican City which is an elective monarchy, but sovereigns in the smaller states exercise greater political influence than in the larger. The monarchs of Cambodia, Japan, and Malaysia "reign, but do not rule" although there is considerable variation in the degree of authority they wield. Although they reign under constitutions, the monarchs of Brunei, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Swaziland appear to continue to exercise more political influence than any other single source of authority in their nations, either by constitutional mandate or by tradition.

Usage examples of "monarchy".

And in that orderly transfer of power from an absolutist to a constitutional monarchy French commentators saw not merely a consummation of political virtue but the origins of British financial success.

Revolution prepared, for the first time, to confront the armies of absolutist monarchy.

He was received at Sigan, the capital of the monarchy, by the troops, the mandarins, and the emperor himself, with all the honors that could adorn and disguise the triumph of Chinese vanity.

When this apsis, therefore, of Mars shall appear in Virgo, who shall expect less than a strange catastrophe of human affairs in the commonwealth, monarchy, and kingdom of England?

In these memorable crusades, a fleet and army of French and Venetians were diverted from Syria to the Thracian Bosphorus: they assaulted the capital, they subverted the Greek monarchy: and a dynasty of Latin princes was seated near threescore years on the throne of Constantine.

That disease is so chronic in Spain that it threatens to overthrow the monarchy some day, and I should not be astonished if one fine morning the Grand Inquisitor was to have the king shaved, and to take his place.

And keep them hooded, and their Churches, Like hawks from baiting on their perches, 1410 That, when the blessed time shall come Of quitting BABYLON and ROME, They may be ready to restore Their own Fifth Monarchy once more.

Buchanan, the last President of the old school, would as soon have thought of aiding in the establishment of a monarchy among us as of accepting the doctrine of coercing the States into submission to the will of a majority, in mass, of the people of the United States.

Louis Napoleon for the recognition of the South, or the establishment of monarchy in Mexico, she would, still bleeding from the wounds inflicted by the Polish insurrection, madly launch her armies upon the Rhine, or start her hiding fleet from behind the fortified shelters of Cronstadt and Helsingfors, make it pass the Sound and Skager Rack, unmindful of the frowning batteries of Landscrona and Marstrand, pass the Strait of Dover, and the English Channel, and enter the Atlantic, quietly leaving behind Calais, Boulogne, Cherbourg, and Brest, and all this with the certainty of raising a storm which might carry the armies of France and her allies into the heart of Poland, and ultimately, by restoring that country, press czardom back, where it ought to be, behind the Dnieper.

As monarchy has its danger, so does demarchy, the danger of any power: that poorly conceived as the opinions of its wielder may be, he wields it.

Jews, who had no seaports, colonizing Spain, it may be remarked that the colony may have been an expatriation by the Philistines in the course of the long struggle which occurred between them and the invading tribes previous to the foundation of the Hebrew monarchy.

Hitherto, for some centuries, the trend had been away from feudalism to absolute monarchy.

France simply France, and the king of England simply England, smacks of feudalism, under which monarchy is an estate, property, not a public trust.

Since the downfall of feudalism and the establishment of modern centralized monarchy, the church has been robbed of the greater part of her temporal possessions, and deprived, in most countries, of all civil functions, and treated by the state either as an enemy or as a slave.

Beyond the Severn the Britons still asserted their national freedom, which survived the heptarchy, and even the monarchy, of the Saxons.