divine right

From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Politics
divine rightdiˌvine ˈright noun [singular] 1 PPthe right given to a king or queen by God to rule a country, that in former times could not be opposed2 informalWANT the right to do what you want without having to ask permission Being my wife doesn’t give you the divine right to read my mail.
Examples from the Corpus
divine rightI had a divine right and a solemn duty to warn them, but failed miserably.Some bicyclists apparently think they have a divine right to ride wherever they want.At a stroke the party managers and fixers have lost their assumption of a divine right to power.Constantine was declared to be Emperor by divine right.Both acts are morally wrong - Edward should not have abused his divine right and curried favour by dishing out peerages.Anglican clergymen busied themselves with preaching up theories of divine right and non-resistance.James sought to reassert the divine right of kings, and Parliament combined against him.