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One that believes in or advocates rule by hereditary right.

le·git′i·mism n.
le·git′i·mist adj.


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a monarchist who supports the rule of a legitimate dynasty or of its senior branch
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a supporter of the elder line of the Bourbon family in France
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporter of legitimate authority
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or relating to legitimists
leˈgitimism n


(lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪst)

1. a supporter of legitimate authority, esp. of a claim to a throne based on direct descent.
2. Also, le•git`i•mis′tic. of, pertaining to, or supporting legitimate authority.
[1835–45; < French légitimiste]
le•git′i•mism, n.


a supporter of legitimate authority, especially of claims to a throne based on the rights of heredity. — legitimism, n.
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References in classic literature ?
While the legitimist read nothing but the Moniteur, the liberal read nothing but Le Temps, a journal then recently established, in the supposed interests of human freedom.
bleaching grounds = open spaces where newly woven linen is spread to whiten in the sun; legitimist.
At once it occurred to Mills that this eccentric youngster was the very person for what the legitimist sympathizers had very much at heart just then: to organize a supply by sea of arms and ammunition to the Carlist detachments in the South.
And we were all ardent Royalists of the snow-white Legitimist complexion - Heaven only knows why
Do you know what a Legitimist is, or an Ultramontane?
It naturally seemed to members of the English Parliament that the cause of the war was Napoleon's ambition; to the Duke of Oldenburg, that the cause of the war was the violence done to him; to businessmen that the cause of the way was the Continental System which was ruining Europe; to the generals and old soldiers that the chief reason for the war was the necessity of giving them employment; to the legitimists of that day that it was the need of re-establishing les bons principes, and to the diplomatists of that time that it all resulted from the fact that the alliance between Russia and Austria in 1809 had not been sufficiently well concealed from Napoleon, and from the awkward wording of Memorandum No.
One section of the French Legitimists and "Young England" exhibited this spectacle.
The decision to refer to the movement in the title as a "nahda" rather than, as in most of the rest of the article, a haraka (movement) or thawra (revolution) might be an effort to mobilize the positive and legitimist connotations the word probably had for al-HilaVs readership, making them more receptive to the insurgency.
Gerechtigkeit gilt als die politische Kardinalstugend und ist fur die Legitimist des Regierungshandelns ebenso bedeutsam wie fur Verhandlungen im Rahmen einer Global Governance.
The nobility and members of the high bourgeoisie favored the upper crust legitimist conservative journal Le Gaulois.
61) Prophecies about the 'Great Monarch' and of France's unique role in salvation history became extremely popular amongst various legitimist groups which emerged over the course of the nineteenth century and remained alive well into the twentieth century in a dwindling right-wing royalist subculture associated with figures like the Breton stigmatist Marie-Julie Jahenny (1850-1941) and her great promoter, the self-proclaimed Marquis de La Franquerie (1901-1992).
This realization had set in by the late 19th century, when Church leaders came to see the defense of the confessional state by legitimist ultramontanes as a political dead end but recognized the elevation of the papacy by spiritual ultramontanes as an effective defense of Catholic liberties against attacks by anticlerical liberals.