Definition of legitimism in English:

legitimism

noun

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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

legitimism

/lɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪz(ə)m/