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divine right

noun

Simple Definition of divine right

  • : the right that is supposedly given to a king or queen by God to rule a country

  • : the right to do or have something without having to ask permission

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of divine right

  1. :  the right of a sovereign to rule as set forth by the theory of government that holds that a monarch receives the right to rule directly from God and not from the people

Examples of divine right in a sentence

  1. He ruled by divine right.

  2. My boss seems to think he has a divine right to order people around.



Circa 1600

First Known Use of divine right

circa 1600


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