Origin of monarchy
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Examples from the Web for monarchies
The modern air forces built by autocratic Arab monarchies are designed primarily for self-defense, not attack.How a Real Air War Could Demolish ISIS
August 23, 2014
They survived a wave of revolutions against Arab monarchies in the 1950s and 1960s.Revolution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
January 20, 2013
It might be meek, and fiercely fought over, compared to the fearful stability and dominance of monarchies and one-party regimes.This Week’s Hot Reads: Dec. 17, 2012
December 18, 2012
Tehran sought to delegitimize the Sunni monarchies in the Arab world though politicized faith.Tehran's Pitiful Bid For Attention
September 21, 2012
Indeed, the monarchies are, weirdly enough, looking to be among the most stable entities around.When Will They Ever Learn?
June 25, 2012
It has not been the business of monarchies to be adaptive from within.Notes on Life and Letters
In picturesque beauty their attire would favorably compare with the court dresses of most of the European monarchies.
After the nations had been moulded, their monarchies and dynasties were established.
Citizenship is what makes a republic; monarchies can get along without it.Mark Twain's Speeches
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I think he must have been changed at nurse like the heirs to monarchies and dukeries.New Treasure Seekers
E. (Edith) Nesbit
- a form of government in which supreme authority is vested in a single and usually hereditary figure, such as a king, and whose powers can vary from those of an absolute despot to those of a figurehead
- a country reigned over by a king, prince, or other monarch
Word Origin and History for monarchies
"state ruled by monarchical government," mid-14c.; "rule by one person," late 14c.; from Old French monarchie "sovereignty, absolute power" (13c.), from Late Latin monarchia, from Greek monarkhia "absolute rule," literally "ruling of one," from monos "alone" (see mono-) + arkhein "to rule" (see archon).
A system of government in which one person reigns, usually a king or queen. The authority, or crown, in a monarchy is generally inherited. The ruler, or monarch, is often only the head of state, not the head of government. Many monarchies, such as Britain and Denmark, are actually governed by parliaments. (See absolute monarchy and constitutional monarchy.)