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

  1. He ruled by divine right.

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

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First Known Use of divine right

circa 1600


DIVINE RIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

divine right

noun

Definition of divine right for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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