roy·​al·​ist | \ˈrȯi-ə-list \

Definition of royalist 

1 often capitalized : an adherent of a king or of monarchical government: such as

a : cavalier sense 3

b : tory sense 2

2 : a reactionary business tycoon

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royalist adjective

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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 The clashes often pitted supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra against royalist hard-liners who criticized his populist spending programs. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thailand Could Delay Elections After Protests," 26 Mar. 2018 In 1813, Spanish royalists had annihilated 1,300 rebel troops at the Battle of Medina, about 20 miles away from San Antonio, which was part of Mexico at the time. John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s past anniversaries marked by turbulence, violence," 29 Dec. 2017

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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