kingship

noun
king·​ship | \ ˈkiŋ-ˌship How to pronounce kingship (audio) \

Definition of kingship

1 : the position, office, or dignity of a king
2 : the personality of a king
3 : government by a king

Examples of kingship in a Sentence

He has all the traits required for kingship.
Recent Examples on the Web For, at the height of the English monasteries’ power, and having made clear commitments to Henry VIII’s new theory of kingship, these institutions were quite suddenly closed. Crawford Gribben, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 After the family’s return, the young Leka fashioned for himself a course in kingship. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022 The god Lugh is the one most associated with kingship in Ireland, says Lehane. CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 Political forms followed a closely parallel evolution: egalitarianism, private property, kingship (often just ceremonial), and the bureaucratic state. George Scialabba, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2021 Finally, the very idea of kingship itself was fabricated. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 The backbone of these docs is ITN’s extensive royal archive that goes back 65 years to an age of kingship and royal stiff upper lips. Steve Clarke, Variety, 8 Oct. 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 kingship

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kingship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kingship. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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