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Rights of Man | Glossary


constitution: fundamental principles according to which a state is to be governed

despotism: the exercise of absolute power, especially in an oppressive way

mob: the ordinary people

monopoly: the exclusive possession, control, or exercise of something

parliament: the highest legislature in a monarchy, consisting of the sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons

prerogative: a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class

primogeniture: the right of estate succession belonging to the firstborn son

republic: a state in which power is held by the people and their representatives

stadtholdership: an office of steward

usurper: a person who takes a position of power or importance illegally or by force

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