- a supporter of legitimate authority, especially of a claim to a throne based on direct descent.
- Also le·git·i·mis·tic. of, relating to, or supporting legitimate authority.
Origin of legitimist
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Examples from the Web for legitimism
The apologists affixed a species of legitimism, a pretension that the Church had always from the first saluted the emperor.English Conferences of Ernest Renan
In literature the tendency appears as romanticism, in politics as legitimism, in religion as ultramontanism.Edward Caldwell Moore
Rightly envisaged, the Crimean war was the end of what remained of absolutism and legitimism in Europe.Notes on Life and Letters
Its aim was to vindicate the vested interests of Legitimism against the doctrines of the French Revolution.
- 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
Word Origin and History for legitimism
1841, from French légitimiste, from légitime (see legitimate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper