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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mon·arch·y n.; pl. Monarchies
 1. A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch.
 2. A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch.
    In those days he had affected zeal for monarchy.   --Macaulay.
 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.