from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The position, power, or province of a king.
- n. The domain ruled by a king; a kingdom.
- n. The period or tenure of a king; a reign.
- n. Used with his as a title for a king.
- n. A monarchy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The dignity, rank or office of a king; the state of being a king.
- n. A monarchy.
- n. The territory or dominion of a king; a kingdom.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state, office, or dignity of a king; royalty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state, office, or dignity of a king; royalty; also, royalty of nature; aptitude for kingly duties.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the dignity or rank or position of a king
Living outside the country for decades, returning only to receive the mantle of kingship from a desperate, rudderless party, he is seen by many as lacking in the visceral day-to-day sense of being a Canadian, working and living in this land.
And his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.
Bahrwan, that Allah hath bestowed upon me the Kingdom of Kabul, and hath given me dominion over the Banu Shahlan and vouchsafed me a mighty empire; and if I marry thy daughter, we will be, I and thou, as one thing in kingship; and I will send thee every year as much treasure as will suffice thee.
This classification is doubled by introducing a qualitative criterion: goodness—a government being good when it concerns itself with the common good and bad when it aims at private advantages.3 The good government of a single man is called kingship, the bad one tyranny; the good government of the few, aristocracy, the bad, oligarchy; the good government of the many is timocracy or politia,4 the bad, democracy in the special Aristotelian sense.5
If this small minority dwindles down to unity, the regime that comes into existence is called kingship, provided that the ruler is a virtuous man.
So, if Gondor is a much greater realm, then the analogy should still apply and the kingship should be assumable after the passage of 10000 years.
There are two forms of monarchy: kingship, which is limited by prescribed conditions, and ‘tyranny’, which is not limited by anything.
Israel had its petty kings, the Judges; it had its later monarchy with Saul and David and Solomon and the epigones who came after them (Gaer , pp. 207-50); and the idea of kingship continues in the Messiah whose conception, literal and figurative, gave to Christianity its crucified
For the purpose of making their own positions sure, they were in the habit of impressing it upon their people that the kingship was a divine institution.
Sir Henry Maine has shown in his _Ancient Law_ that the idea of kingship created by the accession of the Capetian dynasty revolutionised the whole fabric of society, and that "when the feudal prince of a limited territory surrounding Paris began ... to call himself _King of France_, he became king in quite a new sense."