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 for right
From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  RIGHT, n.  Legitimate authority to be, to do or to have; as the right
  to be a king, the right to do one's neighbor, the right to have
  measles, and the like.  The first of these rights was once universally
  believed to be derived directly from the will of God; and this is
  still sometimes affirmed _in partibus infidelium_ outside the
  enlightened realms of Democracy; as the well known lines of Sir
  Abednego Bink, following:
          By what right, then, do royal rulers rule?
              Whose is the sanction of their state and pow'r?
          He surely were as stubborn as a mule
              Who, God unwilling, could maintain an hour
      His uninvited session on the throne, or air
      His pride securely in the Presidential chair.
          Whatever is is so by Right Divine;
              Whate'er occurs, God wills it so.  Good land!
          It were a wondrous thing if His design
              A fool could baffle or a rogue withstand!
      If so, then God, I say (intending no offence)
      Is guilty of contributory negligence.

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