Meaning of legitimism in English:


Pronunciation /lɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪz(ə)m/


mass noun
  • Support for a sovereign or pretender whose claim to a throne is based on direct descent.

    ‘Jacobite propaganda repeated the principles of Stuart legitimism’
    • ‘The milieu of moderate liberalism certainly shaped Tocqueville's views on the inevitability of the democratic revolution, and hence his decisive break with legitimism and his family.’
    • ‘In the face of the Jane Grey débâcle, the Norfolk gentry were persuaded of her Tudor legitimism; they learned the extent of her Catholicism only after she was safely enthroned at Westminster.’


Late 19th century from French légitimisme, from légitime, from Latin legitimus (see legitimate).