roy·​al·​ist | \ ˈrȯi-ə-list How to pronounce royalist (audio) \

Definition of royalist

1 often capitalized : an adherent of a king or of monarchical government: such as
2 : a reactionary business tycoon

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The challenge now is to find ways to resist royalist escapism and instead to recommit to the radical majesty of the egalitarian project, re-enchanting the everyday. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 Hun Sen remains as prime minister, sharing power with a royalist party. James Hookway, WSJ, "Cambodian Strongman Claims Victory in Election Widely Criticized as a Farce," 30 July 2018 That was the day in 1645 that at least 1,000 royalists were slaughtered at the Battle of Naseby. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the brutal anniversary of a royal beheading," 17 May 2018 In this part of England, for Saturday at least, everyone was a royalist and romantic. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "A day in Windsor when everything changed," 19 May 2018 Polls show that a majority of Britons favor retaining the monarchy, and Queen Elizabeth, after 66 years on the throne, remains respected even by those who are not ardent royalists. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "What the royal family and Donald Trump both understand," 21 May 2018 This plan worries conservative royalists, as did the emotional interviews the princes gave on the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. Ellen Barry, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I’m American. I hug.’ Meghan Markle’s impact on the British monarchy," 19 May 2018 Here, a collection of some of the wildest scenes from outside the Lindo Wing on Monday morning, from royalists who camped out for days and popped Champagne, to Biblical art created for the birth. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Wildest Scenes From Outside the Hospital Where Kate Middleton Gave Birth," 23 Apr. 2018 The clashes often pit supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra against royalist hardliners opposed to his populist spending programs. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thailand’s Ruling Junta Leader Eyes Extension of Power," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of royalist

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of royalist

: a person who believes that a country should have a king or queen or who supports a particular king or queen

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