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[li-jit-uh-mist] /lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪst/
a supporter of legitimate authority, especially of a claim to a throne based on direct descent.
Also, legitimistic. of, relating to, or supporting legitimate authority.
Origin of legitimist
1835-45; < Latin lēgitim(us) lawful (see legitim) + -ist, modeled on French légitimiste
Related forms
legitimism, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • A legitimist association, the Chevaliers of Fidelity, stirred about among these the republican affiliations.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Does it not embrace all the great objects for which you call yourself legitimist?

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • If Louis Napoleon permitted the project to become law his personal destruction would be effected by the legitimist majority.

  • He never attempted to hide his ultramontane and legitimist opinions.

  • When alone with his servant, I fancy that he talks to him as he would to the most coquettish Orleanist or legitimist duchess.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • I am a legitimist: he used to be an Orleanist, and now he is a Republican.

  • I felt at once that of these two parties, that of which we could most easily make use in our plans was the legitimist party.

  • You may imagine how cruelly I suffered, both as a fiancée and as a legitimist.

    The Cross of Berny Emile de Girardin
  • He was a legitimist, and his house was used as a convenient meeting-place for the party.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • Your legitimist Party especially would not hesitate to do so.

British Dictionary definitions for legitimist


a monarchist who supports the rule of a legitimate dynasty or of its senior branch
(formerly) a supporter of the elder line of the Bourbon family in France
a supporter of legitimate authority
of or relating to legitimists
Derived Forms
legitimism, noun
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Word Origin and History for legitimist

1841, from French légitimiste, from légitime (see legitimate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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