monarchy

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French monarchie, from Late Latin monarchia, from Ancient Greek μοναρχία (monarkhía).

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Noun[edit]

monarchy (plural monarchies)

  1. A government with a hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler).
    • An absolute monarchy is a monarchy where the monarch is legally the ultimate authority in all temporal matters.
    • A constitutional monarchy is a monarchy in which the monarch's power is legally constrained, ranging from where minor concessions have been made to appease certain factions to where the monarch is a figurehead with all real power in the hands of a legislative body.
  2. The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.
    • Shakespeare
      What scourge for perjury / Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?

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monarchy

  1. genitive singular of monarcha