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or mo·nar·chic

[muh-nahr-ki-kuh l or muh-nahr-kik]
  1. of, like, or pertaining to a monarch or monarchy.
  2. characterized by or favoring monarchy.
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Origin of monarchical

1570–80; < Greek monarchik(ós) (see monarch, -ic) + -al1
Related formsmo·nar·chi·cal·ly, adverban·ti·mo·nar·chic, adjectivean·ti·mo·nar·chi·cal, adjectivean·ti·mo·nar·chi·cal·ly, adverbnon·mo·nar·chic, adjectivenon·mo·nar·chi·cal·ly, adverbpre·mo·nar·chi·cal, adjectivesem·i·mo·nar·chic, adjectivesem·i·mo·nar·chi·cal, adjectivesem·i·mo·nar·chi·cal·ly, adverbun·mo·nar·chic, adjectiveun·mo·nar·chi·cal, adjectiveun·mo·nar·chi·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedmonarchal monarchical
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Examples from the Web for monarchic

Historical Examples

  • But they have stood the test of monarchic and republican scrutiny.

    Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke

    Edmund Burke

  • The old German monarchic institutions are good enough for Germany.

  • Which loaves, however, a Municipality of Monarchic temper will not give.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • It was a horrible day at sea, horrible even on board the new and splendid Monarchic.

    Winnie Childs

    C. N. Williamson

  • You have, or pretend to have, a democratic government, and your strongest church is monarchic to the core.

Word Origin and History for monarchic


from Middle French monarchique, from Greek monarkhikos, from monarkhes (see monarch). Related: Monarchical (1570s).

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