Definition of monarchy in English:

monarchy

noun

  • 1A form of government with a monarch at the head.

    • ‘A new constitution was promulgated restoring constitutional monarchy.’
    • ‘It was supposed to be about ideology and heroism, but in reality, it was just a new brand of monarchy.’
    • ‘He ridiculed the very idea of monarchy and turned the political debate in a decisively republican direction.’
    • ‘Of course even such symbolic discrimination is wrong, but monarchy is by definition a rejection of social equality.’
    • ‘The first one I have put up is a rather whimsical article by an American journalist on why constitutional monarchy is the best form of government.’
    • ‘It acknowledges darkness, as well as the historic bookends of oppressive monarchy and violent fascism.’
    • ‘The history of the world is a history of systems: monarchy, oligarchy, democracy, what you will.’
    • ‘It did not depend on the formal characteristics of the state - monarchy or republic, constitutional or authoritarian.’
    • ‘Khan said a large number of people in Nepal said the king's recent action was not in keeping with constitutional monarchy.’
    • ‘Aristotle produced a complex taxonomy of constitutions, the three main types of which are monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy.’
    • ‘The Second Empire almost solved the problem of reconciling monarchy and democracy - but not quite, and not in time.’
    • ‘The Spartan constitution was mixed, containing elements of monarchy, oligarchy and democracy.’
    • ‘The rebels are spearheading a violent campaign to set up a republican state by abolishing constitutional monarchy in Nepal.’
    • ‘A universal franchise and limited government are better than monarchy or tyranny.’
    • ‘You can see that the resulting difference in the constitution may be enormous: anywhere from social democracy to absolute monarchy.’
    • ‘Can people move directly from a clan-based system to democracy, skipping monarchy and feudalism?’
    • ‘Discussions about republican Rome were also at that time a way of masking criticisms of monarchy, in a society where open criticism was impossible.’
    • ‘His reign marked a significant advance from personal monarchy towards the bureaucratised state of the future.’
    • ‘Much of what Australian republicans sought was achieved under constitutional monarchy.’
    • ‘The snobbery and hatred of meritocracy that have been revealed this week are simply inevitable further by-products of monarchy.’
    kingship, sovereignty, autocracy, monocracy, absolutism, absolute power, despotism
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    1. 1.1A state that has a monarch.
      • ‘Saudi Arabia is among the world's richest monarchies, but it has not spread monarchy in the mainly republican Middle East.’
      • ‘Iran has made the transition in the last twenty years from a nominal constitutional monarchy to a democratic theocracy.’
      • ‘Because of increasingly complex feudal contracts, English kings ruled parts of France and conflict between the two monarchies was common.’
      • ‘Tiberius did not shrink from annexing dependent monarchies: Germanicus took over Commagene and Cappadocia, which made it possible to halve the Roman sales tax.’
      • ‘In contrast to monarchies in which the king had the power to separate conflicting factions, any such higher authority was absent in the Dutch Republic.’
      • ‘It declares that we, as a society, have more faith in foreign monarchies than we do in our own innovation and technology.’
      • ‘By way of comparison there are nine constitutional monarchies in the Caribbean which have never had problems with their governors-general.’
      • ‘When Prussia defeated France in 1870, it initiated the establishment of a new German Empire, a monarchy over monarchies.’
      • ‘According to international financial bodies, this situation demands the reform of what is one of the world's last remaining constitutional monarchies.’
      • ‘If Britain and Sweden provided working models of parliamentary monarchies, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth offered a salutary lesson of another kind.’
      • ‘Of the roughly 200 countries in the world, only about two dozen remain monarchies.’
      • ‘All three of the countries are monarchies of one sort or another.’
      • ‘Democratic republics can no more dispense with national idols than monarchies with public functionaries.’
      • ‘Most of the institutional devices typical of modern democracies were forged in republics or limited monarchies.’
      • ‘Luxembourg is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy.’
      • ‘Like all the little monarchies scattered along the coast of the Gulf, Kuwait used to be a sleepy little backwater, getting by on pearl fishing and trade.’
      • ‘He refutes the neo-Weberian argument that financial demands of warfare obliged monarchies to develop modern bureaucracies.’
      • ‘Since 1951, Jordan has been a constitutional hereditary monarchy with a parliamentary form of government.’
      • ‘If the people of this or other hereditary monarchies prefer their form of government to a democracy, that preference ought to be testable.’
      • ‘Obviously there are some differences living in monarchies like Australia, New Zealand and Canada to living in others like Sweden, Denmark or The Netherlands.’
    2. 1.2The monarch and royal family of a country.
      ‘the monarchy is the focus of loyalty and service’
      • ‘The 1958 coup that saw the overthrow of the monarchy threw the his family into turmoil.’
      • ‘Even one of the most famous monarchies in England which gave the king almost absolute powers came under scrutiny from some nobles.’
      • ‘The monarchy and the royal judiciary played important roles in the history of early modern France.’
      • ‘Until 1918, the region was ruled by the German, Austrian, Russian, and Ottoman Empires, or native monarchies.’
      • ‘The Crown and the Royal Family, the monarchy, stand for something to be proud of in this world today.’
      • ‘The Portuguese monarchy was finally deposed by the revolution of 1910.’
      • ‘Of more immediate concern to the queen was probably the role of the monarchy itself and the vicissitudes of the royal family.’
      • ‘However, the monarchy was not absolute, but relied on the support of a powerful and divided nobility.’
      • ‘Do you think that's where the royal family and the monarchy will go?’
      • ‘When we come back, we'll talk about the royals and what's going on with the monarchy.’
      • ‘When analysing this aspect of the portraits, one historian questioned why the Spanish monarchy tolerated him.’
      • ‘The recent divorce was a sad event in what is traditionally one of the world's most popular and much loved monarchies.’
      • ‘Old traditions are still very much alive in Swaziland, where the monarchy maintains absolute power.’
      • ‘The policy was continued by the Sunni-based monarchy that was installed by the British after 1932.’
      • ‘The country has one of the oldest monarchies in the world.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French monarchie, via late Latin from Greek monarkhia the rule of one.

Pronunciation:

monarchy

/ˈmänərkē//ˈmänˌärkē/