Origin: F. Monarchie, L. Monarchia, Gr. See Monarch.
3. 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.
(01 Mar 1998)
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