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 for Divine right
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Right \Right\, n. [AS. right. See Right, a.]
     1. That which is right or correct. Specifically:
        (a) The straight course; adherence to duty; obedience to
            lawful authority, divine or human; freedom from guilt,
            -- the opposite of moral wrong.
        (b) A true statement; freedom from error of falsehood;
            adherence to truth or fact.
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                  Seldom your opinions err;
                  Your eyes are always in the right. --Prior.
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        (c) A just judgment or action; that which is true or
            proper; justice; uprightness; integrity.
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                  Long love to her has borne the faithful knight,
                  And well deserved, had fortune done him right.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. That to which one has a just claim. Specifically:
        (a) That which one has a natural claim to exact.
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                  There are no rights whatever, without
                  corresponding duties.             --Coleridge.
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        (b) That which one has a legal or social claim to do or to
            exact; legal power; authority; as, a sheriff has a
            right to arrest a criminal.
        (c) That which justly belongs to one; that which one has a
            claim to possess or own; the interest or share which
            anyone has in a piece of property; title; claim;
            interest; ownership.
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                  Born free, he sought his right.   --Dryden.
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                  Hast thou not right to all created things?
                                                    --Milton.
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                  Men have no right to what is not reasonable.
                                                    --Burke.
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        (d) Privilege or immunity granted by authority.
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     3. The right side; the side opposite to the left.
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              Led her to the Souldan's right.       --Spenser.
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     4. In some legislative bodies of Europe (as in France), those
        members collectively who are conservatives or monarchists.
        See Center, 5.
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     5. The outward or most finished surface, as of a piece of
        cloth, a carpet, etc.
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     At all right, at all points; in all respects. [Obs.]
        --Chaucer.
  
     Bill of rights, a list of rights; a paper containing a
        declaration of rights, or the declaration itself. See
        under Bill.
  
     By right, By rights, or By good rights, rightly;
        properly; correctly.
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              He should himself use it by right.    --Chaucer.
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              I should have been a woman by right.  --Shak.
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     Divine right, or
  
     Divine right of kings, a name given to the patriarchal
        theory of government, especially to the doctrine that no
        misconduct and no dispossession can forfeit the right of a
        monarch or his heirs to the throne, and to the obedience
        of the people.
  
     To rights.
        (a) In a direct line; straight. [R.] --Woodward.
        (b) At once; directly. [Obs. or Colloq.] --Swift.
  
     To set to rights, To put to rights, to put in good order;
        to adjust; to regulate, as what is out of order.
  
     Writ of right (Law), a writ which lay to recover lands in
        fee simple, unjustly withheld from the true owner.
        --Blackstone.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  divine right
      n 1: the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly
           from God and are not accountable to their subjects;
           rebellion is the worst of political crimes; "the doctrine
           of the divine right of kings was enunciated by the Stuarts
           in Britain in the 16th century" [syn: divine right,
           divine right of kings]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  43 Moby Thesaurus words for "divine right":
     absolute power, absolutism, appurtenance, authority, birthright,
     claim, competence, competency, conjugal right,
     constituted authority, delegated authority, demand, droit, due,
     faculty, inalienable right, indirect authority, inherent authority,
     interest, jus divinum, lawful authority, legal authority,
     legitimacy, natural right, power, prerogative, prescription,
     presumptive right, pretense, pretension, proper claim,
     property right, regality, right, rightful authority,
     royal prerogative, the say, the say-so, title, vested authority,
     vested interest, vested right, vicarious authority
  
  

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