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divine right of kings

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  1. the doctrine that the right of rule derives directly from God, not from the consent of the people.

Origin of divine right of kings

First recorded in 1735–45
Also called divine right.
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British Dictionary definitions for divine right of kings

divine right of kings

  1. history the concept that the right to rule derives from God and that kings are answerable for their actions to God alone
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divine right of kings in Culture

divine right of kings

The doctrine that kings and queens have a God-given right to rule and that rebellion against them is a sin. This belief was common through the seventeenth century and was urged by such kings as Louis xiv of France. (See absolute monarchy.)

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