mo·​nar·​chi·​cal | \ mə-ˈnär-ki-kəl How to pronounce monarchical (audio) , mä- \
variants: or less commonly monarchic \ mə-​ˈnär-​kik How to pronounce monarchic (audio) , mä-​ \

Definition of monarchical

: of, relating to, suggestive of, or characteristic of a monarch or monarchy

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monarchically \ mə-​ˈnär-​ki-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce monarchically (audio) , mä-​ \ adverb

Examples of monarchical in a Sentence

guests who stay in the hotel's most expensive suite live in monarchical splendor
Recent Examples on the Web Jacobin radicals, who were loyal to the government that had preceded Napoleon’s coup, viewed the first consul as a traitor to the revolution, while royalists sought restoration of the monarchical ancient régime and the Bourbon dynasty. National Geographic, "The Christmas Eve plot to blow up Napoleon," 20 Dec. 2019 Impeachment traces its origins to monarchical England, but the framers of the Constitution confined its use on presidents to rare occasions, when a president's actions corrupt the public interest for personal ones. Arkansas Online, "House impeaches Trump," 19 Dec. 2019 The monarchical conceit wears thin—but the wider observations are acute. The Economist, "In praise of British exceptionalism," 26 Sep. 2019 Those early parliaments were designed to approve taxes and royal expenditures, and were given the monarchical boot when they were done. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "The dramatic history of prorogation in British parliament," 29 Aug. 2019 Alinor is a poor woman living in England’s tidelands, beset by suspicion from her neighbors and the country’s roiling civil war that threatens to topple centuries of monarchical rule. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Tidelands is a dull, dour misstep from Philippa Gregory: EW review," 21 Aug. 2019 President Donald Trump revels in pomp, protocol and monarchical chats with fellow leaders, which should play into China’s hands. The Economist, "Why Chinese officials like useless meetings in over-stuffed chairs," 1 Aug. 2019 Because physical harmony and social harmony shared a connection, the republic should be founded on the sovereignty of citizens, not a monarchical and feudal system. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019 Claire Andrieu, a professor of contemporary history at Sciences Po Paris, says there is a significant parallel between the monarchical practice and that of the current Fifth Republic. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Macron asks a restive France: What would you like to change?," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of monarchical

1793, in the meaning defined above

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“Monarchical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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: of or relating to a monarch or monarchy

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