[king-kraft, -krahft]

Origin of kingcraft

First recorded in 1635–45; king + craft Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for kingcraft

Historical Examples of kingcraft

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for kingcraft


  1. archaic the art of ruling as a king, esp by diplomacy and cunning
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