- 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 legitimist
He was a Legitimist, and his house was used as a convenient meeting-place for the party.A Zola Dictionary
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?The Parisians, Complete
He never attempted to hide his ultramontane and legitimist opinions.
Kanitz is a pietist and legitimist, while Blow is neither one nor the other.
- 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 legitimist
1841, from French légitimiste, from légitime (see legitimate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper