Definition of legitimism in English:



  • Support for a ruler 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.’



/ləˈjidəˌmizəm/ /ləˈdʒɪdəˌmɪzəm/


Mid 19th century from the obsolete adjective legitime, from French légitime, from Latin legitimus (see legitimate), after French légitimisme.