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king·craft

 (kĭng′krăft′)
n.
The artful exercise of power by a king.
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kingcraft

(ˈkɪŋˌkrɑːft)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) archaic the art of ruling as a king, esp by diplomacy and cunning
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[the] great inequalities in social life which everywhere stare us in the face are analogous to kingcraft and serfdom in political life; the power of the great money king is inconsistent with the rule of the people;...
b c Kingcraft (1867, King Tom -Woodcraft, by Voltigeur).
AMONG the cases dealt with at Teesside Magistrates' Court on January 12 2012 were: Stephen Conway, 27, of Kingcraft Road, Marton, Middlesbrough, fined pounds 200 and ordered to pay pounds 65 costs for using a vehicle without insurance.
Visitors will also be able to see a 17th Century copy of Habeas Corpus, enshrining the right not to be detained unlawfully, and a tobacco paper with a rebellious motto: "I am puzzled how to live while kingcraft may abuse my rights and tax the joys of day."
(June 10, 1858), in SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, supra note 39, at 1032-58 ("[T]he arguments in favor of kingcraft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden.
A member of the public found the cat behind Kingcraft Street, in Mountain Ash, on September 14, and took it to a vet, where it was discovered the cat had a puncture to its windpipe.
''Everybody knew apparently that our great boss had trained him for kingcraft,'' one person commented.
To cherish the traditions of Magna Charta and of the great Puritan triumph over kingcraft and ecclesiastical politics, to respect the father-land of trial by jury and the habeas corpus and constitutional freedom ...
Whitman also dismissed the other towering literary figure of his intellectually formative years--William Wordsworth--claiming that this British predecessor "lacks sympathy with men and women--that does not pervade him enough by a long shot." He condemned the whole Lake School for beginning "with the rights of man" but then coming out "for kingcraft, priestcraft, obedience ..." (qtd.
Bell, "Kingcraft and Poetry: James VI's Cultural Policy"; and Robert Appelbaum, "War and Peace in The Lepanto."
Furthermore, through their imagistic power, they seek to shatter the ideological illusions propagated by priestcraft and kingcraft. Just as The Purgatory of Suicides is a Chartist counter-epic, so these images counteract the ideological oppression of church and state.