roy·​al·​ist ˈrȯi-ə-list How to pronounce royalist (audio)
often capitalized : an adherent of a king or of monarchical government: such as
: a reactionary business tycoon
royalist adjective

Examples of royalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For many in Thailand, Mr. Thaksin’s timing only confirmed their suspicions that a quid pro quo arrangement had been made between Pheu Thai and the conservative establishment to have his prison sentence reduced in exchange for keeping the military and royalists in power. Sui-Lee Wee, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Pressure from American and European businessmen who, like Thurston, hungered for the dissolution of the Hawaiian monarchy, had reached a boiling point, and the threat of force against royalists was undeniable. Kate C. Lemay, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 July 2023 Move Forward has also championed the amendment of Section 112, a controversial lese-majeste law criticized by pro-democracy activists but upheld by the junta and royalists, including Move Forward’s coalition partner Pheu Thai. Time, 3 July 2023 During this time, royalists like Cavendish were forced to flee to the continent, as their estates were confiscated and their fortunes lost. Anne M. Thell, Washington Post, 27 June 2023 Critics weren’t particularly kind, but die-hards (and royalists) liked it well enough. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2023 Her denigration of his accomplishments led to speculation during the American Revolution that Mrs. Washington was actually a closet royalist trying to undermine the cause of independence. Michael Farquhar, Washington Post, 13 May 2023 The Senate, dominated by royalists, is likely to follow suit. Patpicha Tanakasempipat,, 19 May 2023 Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha — the general who seized power from Ms. Thaksin’s sister in a 2014 coup and has ruled the country since as a staunch royalist — walked out of a news conference in January when a reporter tried to ask him about the possibility of Mr. Thaksin’s return. Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of royalist was in 1640

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“Royalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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roy·​al·​ist ˈrȯi-ə-ləst How to pronounce royalist (audio)
: a person who supports a sovereign
royalist adjective
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