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divine right of kings

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(Historical Terms) history the concept that the right to rule derives from God and that kings are answerable for their actions to God alone

divine′ right′ of kings′


n.
the right to rule derived directly from God, not from the consent of the people.
[1735–45]
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Noun1.divine right of kings - 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
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