- 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
Kanitz is a pietist and legitimist, while Blow is neither one nor the other.
He never attempted to hide his ultramontane and legitimist opinions.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for legitimist
1841, from French légitimiste, from légitime (see legitimate).
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