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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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.

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    J. G. Patterson

  • "I see you are no legitimist," slyly remarked Miss Kenny-feck.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • Does it not embrace all the great objects for which you call yourself Legitimist?

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    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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

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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