Mon"arch*y (?), n.; pl. Monarchies (#). [F. monarchie, L. monarchia, Gr. . See Monarch.]


A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch.


A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch.

In those days he had affected zeal for monarchy. Macaulay.


The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom.

What scourage for perjury Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence. Shak.

Fifth monarchy, a universal monarchy, supposed to be the subject of prophecy in Daniel ii.; the four preceding monarchies being Assyrian, Persian, Grecian, and Roman. See Fifth Monarchy men, under Fifth.


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