divine right

noun

Definition of divine right

: 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

He ruled by divine right. My boss seems to think he has a divine right to order people around.
Recent Examples on the Web His belief in the divine right of himself generated a civil war. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 The reason for that, Field suggests, is that there’s something about the exalted nature of this music that leads the people who live everyday within its heady majesty to feel as if pleasure, in every realm, is their divine right. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 1 Sep. 2022 Mesopotamian kingship was conceived as being descended from heaven, an ancient precursor to what would become, a few thousand years on, a corrosive doctrine of the divine right of kings. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Mesopotamian kingship was conceived as being descended from heaven, an ancient precursor to what would become, a few thousand years on, a corrosive doctrine of the divine right of kings. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Mesopotamian kingship was conceived as being descended from heaven, an ancient precursor to what would become, a few thousand years on, a corrosive doctrine of the divine right of kings. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Mesopotamian kingship was conceived as being descended from heaven, an ancient precursor to what would become, a few thousand years on, a corrosive doctrine of the divine right of kings. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Mesopotamian kingship was conceived as being descended from heaven, an ancient precursor to what would become, a few thousand years on, a corrosive doctrine of the divine right of kings. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Mesopotamian kingship was conceived as being descended from heaven, an ancient precursor to what would become, a few thousand years on, a corrosive doctrine of the divine right of kings. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of divine right

circa 1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of divine right was circa 1600

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15 Sep 2022

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“Divine right.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divine%20right. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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