Definition of God's (or the Lord's) anointed in US English:

God's (or the Lord's) anointed


  • A monarch ruling by divine right.

    • ‘Reacting to this injustice with the righteous indignation of the Lord's anointed, David is enraged that anything so egregious, so pitiless, should take place in his kingdom.’
    • ‘As the sons of Jesse were paraded before Samuel, even the Lord's servant said of Eliab: ‘Surely the Lord's anointed stands here’.’
    • ‘When David had an opportunity to destroy Saul, who was trying to kill him, he said: I will not put forth mine hand against the Lord: for he is the Lord's anointed.’
    • ‘How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord's anointed?’
    • ‘For who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord's anointed and be guiltless?’
    • ‘Instead of praising the act of killing Saul as merciful and kind, David calls for the man to be executed because of his not being afraid to destroy the Lord's anointed.’
    • ‘By contrast with the medieval monarch, relatively secure in his rank and his religious status as the anointed of God, the signore had to be suspicious and wary.’