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