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Definition of the divine right of kings noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the divine right of kings

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the idea that kings and queens are given their right to rule by God and that therefore nobody should question that right. The last king in Britain to rule completely according to this belief was Charles I. After the English Civil War the idea was gradually replaced by constitutional monarchy.