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dynasty

[dahy-nuh-stee; British also din-uh-stee] /ˈdaɪ nə sti; British also ˈdɪn ə sti/
noun, plural dynasties.
1.
a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group:
the Ming dynasty.
2.
the rule of such a sequence.
3.
a series of members of a family who are distinguished for their success, wealth, etc.
Origin of dynasty
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin dynastīa < Greek dynasteia. See dynast, -y3
Related forms
dynastic
[dahy-nas-tik; British also dih-nas-tik] /daɪˈnæs tɪk; British also dɪˈnæs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
dynastical, adjective
dynastically, adverb
antidynastic, adjective
antidynastical, adjective
antidynastically, adverb
antidynasty, adjective
nondynastic, adjective
nondynastical, adjective
nondynastically, adverb
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  • The Tudor dynasty had ended before the Romanoff dynasty began.

  • His real name was Li, and he belonged to the ruling Tang dynasty.

  • The Republic could not suffer at their hands; the Republic and the dynasty were impregnable.

    The Adventurer Cyril M. Kornbluth
  • Papa will only have to carry himself proudly, as befits the head of a dynasty.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Was it not the bill-posters who caused the downfall of the French dynasty?

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
British Dictionary definitions for dynasty

dynasty

/ˈdɪnəstɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a sequence of hereditary rulers: an Egyptian dynasty
2.
any sequence of powerful leaders of the same family: the Kennedy dynasty
Derived Forms
dynastic (dɪˈnæstɪk), dynastical, adjective
dynastically, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via Late Latin from Greek dunasteia, from dunastēsdynast
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Word Origin and History for dynasty
n.

mid-15c. (earlier dynastia, late 14c.), from Middle French dynastie and directly from Late Latin dynastia, from Greek dynasteia "power, lordship, sovereignty," from dynastes "ruler, chief," from dynasthai "have power."

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