Definition of monarchism in US English:



  • Support for the principle of having monarchs.

    • ‘The rather weak excuse some of them gave for their obvious enthusiasm was that it wasn't so much monarchism that they hated, but the British monarchy.’
    • ‘Radical political exiles used the Kaspar Hauser story as a way to attack German monarchism.’
    • ‘Red Tories are a slightly different breed of libertarians who usually support Canadian traditions like monarchism and anti-Americanism.’
    • ‘How does he reconcile Dante's monarchism with modern egalitarianism?’
    • ‘Preferring to be a citizen rather than a subject, I had misgivings that this would convert me to monarchism - in fact, it revitalised my republicanism.’
    • ‘His monarchism was held against him after the 1917 Revolution, until Stalin revealed his liking for him.’
    • ‘That is, the long-term result of the whole dirty business is just as likely to be the consolidation of our form of constitutional monarchism.’
    • ‘The early part of the 1990s, when monarchism dared not speak its name and supporters of the Crown felt as though they were a beleaguered minority, seems like a bygone age.’
    • ‘Adams's Federalist presidency was more bitter still, and the 1800 rematch produced charges of atheism and libertinism against Jefferson, and of monarchism against Adams.’
    • ‘It is difficult to know whether inevitabilism is genuine support for the republic or rather amounts to a form of monarchism.’
    • ‘Between the uncircumscribed freedom of parliamentarism and a presidentialism that resembles monarchism, the latter is preferable.’
    • ‘It is certain that National Socialism does not favor monarchism and is definitely republican in conviction.’
    • ‘For the sake of those who have given up on democracy and are reverting to monarchism: the people are against this war.’
    • ‘There reason to see the Church as an agent of monarchism and social hierarchy.’
    • ‘Conservatives were reassured when at the end of 1921 Fascism became an organized party, the Partito Nazionale Fascista, and embraced monarchism and liberal economics.’
    • ‘Speaking as a republican for reasons of well-founded political cynicism, I don't recall monarchism at a lower ebb.’
    • ‘He is best known for defending monarchism on the technical grounds of time-preference.’
    • ‘Though this displays the conservative side to Scottish nationalism, it is not objectionable to the Catholic hierarchy who can co-exist with the market, monarchism and militarism.’
    • ‘If you challenge the subjectivity of judgment, you are accused of absolutism, which is about as bad as believing in monarchism or the persecution of witches.’
    kingship, sovereignty, autocracy, monocracy, absolutism, absolute power, despotism
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Mid 19th century: from French monarchisme.