divine right

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divine right

n.
The doctrine that monarchs derive their right to rule directly from God and are accountable only to God.

divine right

(of kings to be absolute rulers) A doctrine adhered to by James I that caused the downfall of Charles I.
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Noun1.divine right - the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects; rebellion is the worst of political crimes; "the doctrine of the divine right of kings was enunciated by the Stuarts in Britain in the 16th century"
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school