monarchize

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Etymology[edit]

monarch +‎ -ize

Verb[edit]

monarchize (third-person singular simple present monarchizes, present participle monarchizing, simple past and past participle monarchized)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To rule; to govern
    • 1612, Michael Drayton, Poly-Olbion, London: M. Lownes et al., Song 5, p. 77,[1]
      As Britain-founding Brute first Monarchiz’d the Land:
    • 1612, John Davies, The Muses Sacrifice, London: George Norton, dedication,[2]
      For, should we giue this Empresse but her due,
      (Empresse of speech that Monarchizeth Eares)
      We must confesse, she can all Soules subdue,
      to Passions causing Ioy, or forcing Teares.
  2. (transitive) To convert to a monarchy.
    • 1660, John Milton, The Readie and Easie Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth and the Excellence Therof Compar’d with the Inconveniences and Dangers of Readmitting Kingship in This Nation, London: for the author, pp. 104-105,[3]
      [] so far we shall be from mending our condition by monarchizing our government, whatever new conceit now possesses us.
    • 1800, Thomas Jefferson, letter to Gideon Granger dated 13 August, 1800, in Richard S. Poppen (ed.), Thomas Jefferson: The Declaration of Independence and Letters, Addresses, Excerpts and Aphorisms, St. Louis, Missouri, 1898, p. 72,[4]
      [Our government] can never be harmonious and solid, while so respectable a portion of its citizens support principles which go directly to a change of the Federal Constitution to sink the State governments, consolidate them into one, and to monarchize that.
    • 1904, Edgar Lee Masters, “John Marshall” in The New Star Chamber, and Other Essays, Chicago: Hammersmark, p. 41,[5]
      [] there has existed in this country from the close of the revolutionary war a powerful party fortified by intelligence, respectability and welath and sleepless in efforts to monarchize the republic.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To act or play the part of a monarch.
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Richard II, Act III, Scene 2,[6]
      [] within the hollow crown
      That rounds the mortal temples of a king
      Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,
      Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
      Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
      To monarchize, be fear’d and kill with looks []
    • 1600, Thomas Dekker, Old Fortunatus, London: William Aspley, [Act I, Scene 3],[7]
      Uice hath golden cheekes, O pittie, pittie,
      She in euery land doth monarchize.
      Uertue is exilde from euery Cittie,
      Uertue is a foole, Uice onely wise.
    • 1824, Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Triumph of Life in Posthumous Poems, London: John & Henry L. Hunt, p. 94,[8]
      [] the delegated power,
      Array’d in which those worms did monarchize,
      Who make this earth their charnel.

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