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royalist

[roi-uh-list] /ˈrɔɪ ə lɪst/
noun
1.
a supporter or adherent of a king or royal government, especially in times of rebellion or civil war.
2.
(initial capital letter) a Cavalier adherent of Charles I of England.
3.
a loyalist in the American Revolution; Tory.
4.
(initial capital letter) an adherent of the house of Bourbon in France.
adjective
5.
of or relating to royalists:
royalist sympathies.
Origin of royalist
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; royal + -ist
Related forms
royalism, noun
royalistic, adjective
antiroyalism, noun
antiroyalist, noun, adjective
nonroyalist, noun
ultraroyalist, noun, adjective
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  • All the convent was royalist, and Henri V. was their recognised sovereign.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He may be a Republican, and he must uphold with warmth and conviction royalist theories.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Marked ye not that he claimed to have been the last royalist who drew sword in England?

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sir Matthew Hale, as most of our readers must be aware, was a devoted royalist.

  • Wilson—that was his name in those days—was a royalist when I encountered him.

British Dictionary definitions for royalist

royalist

/ˈrɔɪəlɪst/
noun
1.
a supporter of a monarch or monarchy, esp a supporter of the Stuarts during the English Civil War
2.
(informal) an extreme reactionary or conservative: an economic royalist
adjective
3.
of, characteristic of, or relating to royalists
Derived Forms
royalism, noun
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Word Origin and History for royalist
n.

1640s, from royal + -ist. In England, a partizan of Charles I and II during the Civil War; in the U.S., an adherent of British government during the Revolution; in France, a supporter of the Bourbons.

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