[ li-jit-uh-mist ]
/ lɪˈdʒɪt ə mɪst /


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; < Latin lēgitim(us) lawful (see legitim) + -ist, modeled on French légitimiste
Related formsle·git·i·mism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for legitimist


/ (lɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪst) /


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

of or relating to legitimists
Derived Formslegitimism, noun
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Word Origin and History for legitimist



1841, from French légitimiste, from légitime (see legitimate).

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