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[king-kraft, -krahft] /ˈkɪŋˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft/
the art of ruling as king; royal statesmanship.
Origin of kingcraft
First recorded in 1635-45; king + craft Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Well, I know little of kingcraft, but I may at least call myself a soldier.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • But of statesmanship I know little, and of kingcraft nothing at all.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • It has been said that witchcraft and kingcraft in England came in and went out with the Stuarts.

    Lancashire Folk-lore John Harland
  • But Mr. Paine was the inveterate enemy to priestcraft as well as kingcraft.

    Junius Unmasked Joel Moody
  • Idolatry was a duty of kingcraft with the schismatical kingdom.

  • To redeem the earth from kingcraft and oppression—this is our mission!

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • So he told the prince when they came together, but there was wisdom of kingcraft in the answer given.

    With the Black Prince

    William Osborn Stoddard
  • Witchcraft and kingcraft both came in with the Stuarts and went out with them.

  • What a spectacle was this for the representatives of European kingcraft at our seat of government!

  • Well, what horse would win, if kingcraft came in second instead of first?

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
British Dictionary definitions for kingcraft


(archaic) the art of ruling as a king, esp by diplomacy and cunning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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