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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royalist adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Although Hun Sen suffered a decisive loss in the election, Mr. Sciaroni helped his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) strike a power-sharing agreement with the winning royalist party. Washington Post, "Brett Sciaroni, American power broker in Cambodia, dies at 69," 19 Mar. 2021 In De Tocqueville’s scheme, the monarchy undergirded the way in which Britain, after its brief seventeenth-century republic and subsequent royalist counterrevolution, regressed to an uneasy compromise between the aristocratic and the democratic. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, "The Great Disenchantment: Harry, Meghan & the Monarchy," 9 Mar. 2021 The hope was always that William and Harry would attract a younger and more diverse generation of supporters to the royalist cause, by showing the family’s kinder and more progressive face. Dan Stewart, Time, "Meghan and Harry’s Interview Won’t End the Monarchy. But a Reckoning Is Coming," 9 Mar. 2021 The court, like the military, is considered a pillar of the country's royalist establishment, and the ultimate bulwark against threats to it. Star Tribune, "Thai leader faces court ruling that could cost him his job," 1 Dec. 2020 The 250-member Senate appointed by the military would also get a vote for prime minister along with the 500-member House of Representatives, all but ensuring a candidate favored by the royalist establishment takes power. Randy Thanthong-knight,, "Thai Court Ruling Could See Premier Ousted Amid Protests," 1 Dec. 2020 The biggest protests have been bigger than royalist shows of support, but one recent poll said 60% of people thought the protesters should not attack the monarchy – though without explaining why. Matthew Tostevin And Jiraporn Kuhakan, The Christian Science Monitor, "Reform or reverence? Thai royalists, protesters size up monarchy.," 13 Nov. 2020 The rally at police headquarters was nonviolent but fueled royalist outrage at the protest movement, as demonstrators defaced the Royal Thai Police sign and scrawled graffiti and chanted slogans that could be considered derogatory to the king. Star Tribune, "Thai police revive royal defamation law ahead of protest," 25 Nov. 2020 Protesters and critics viewed it as instrumental in helping the royalist establishment retain its grip on power with Prayuth returning as the leader after the 2019 elections. Randy Thanthong-knight,, "Thai Protesters Rally as Parliament Debates Charter Changes," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of royalist

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Royalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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