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 Finally, the very idea of kingship itself was fabricated. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 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, 21 Apr. 2021 The same Yehuda who had relinquished leadership when giving away his ei’ravon to Tamar assumes leadership by declaring his readiness to be the arev, becoming the worthy forerunner of Israel’s kingship. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 21 Dec. 2020 Tragically, during the kingship, there was rarely any unity. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 17 Aug. 2020 With all of its complexities, kingship has positive features. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 17 Aug. 2020 Ostrich eggs are displayed as symbols of kingship, resurrection, and safekeeping. National Geographic, 4 Feb. 2020 Directed by Amy Attaway WHAT: The final installment in Kentucky Shakespeare’s four-year Game of King's series, Shakespeare’s Henriad, Henry V is an epic history play — a classic tale of kingship and war that explores the making of a legend. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2020 Pharaoh was understood to be a god on Earth, like Roman emperors, Japanese emperors, Alexander the Great, and other exemplars of sacral kingship, both historical and legendary. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of kingship

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kingship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kingship

: the position of a king

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