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roy·al·ist / ˈroiəlist/ • n. a person who supports the principle of monarchy or a particular monarchy. ∎  a supporter of the king against Parliament in the English Civil War. ∎  a supporter of the British during the American Revolution; a Tory.• adj. giving support to the monarchy: the paper claims to be royalist. ∎  (in the English Civil War) supporting the king against Parliament: the royalist army.DERIVATIVES: roy·al·ism / -ˌizəm/ n.


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Royalist a supporter of the King against Parliament in the English Civil War; the term is first used in the Puritan pamphleteer William Prynne's The Sovereign Power of Parliaments and Kingdoms (1643).


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royalists. See cavaliers.