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
1835–45;Related formsle·git·i·mism, noun
< Latin lēgitim(us
) lawful (see legitim
) + -ist
, modeled on French légitimiste
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for legitimist
Historical Examples of legitimist
He was a Legitimist, and his house was used as a convenient meeting-place for the party.
"I see you are no legitimist," slyly remarked Miss Kenny-feck.
Does it not embrace all the great objects for which you call yourself Legitimist?
Kanitz is a pietist and legitimist, while Blow is neither one nor the other.
He never attempted to hide his ultramontane and legitimist opinions.
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
adjective Also: legitimistic
Derived Formslegitimism, noun
of or relating to legitimists
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Word Origin and History for legitimist
1841, from French légitimiste, from légitime (see legitimate).
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