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legitimist (plural legitimists)

  1. (historical) A French royalist who believes that the King of France and Navarre must be chosen according to the simple application of the Salic law.
    • 2007 July 8, Christopher Caldwell, “Even God Quotes Tocqueville”, in New York Times[1]:
      Nor does he beat around the bush: Tocqueville’s cousin and confidant Louis de Kergorlay is “a young idiot” and the legitimist insurrectionist the Duchesse de Berry “one of the silliest princesses in all European history.”
  2. A Carlist
  3. (by extension) Any proponent for the rule of a legitimate sovereign.

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legitimist (comparative more legitimist, superlative most legitimist)

  1. related to the principles of legitimism