Definition of legitimism in English:

legitimism

Pronunciation /ləˈjidəˌmizəm/ /ləˈdʒɪdəˌmɪzəm/

See synonyms for legitimism

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

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