Dynasty



a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group:
the Ming dynasty.
the rule of such a sequence.
a series of members of a family who are distinguished for their success, wealth, etc.
Contemporary Examples

Fortieth-day gatherings of commemoration and national strikes turned the tide against the ill-fated Pahlavi dynasty in 1979.
Use Islam to End the Iranian Regime Nazee Moinian June 23, 2009

The end of the Kim dynasty will create the possibility—and only the possibility—of a different approach.
North Korea’s Nuclear Bargain Richard C. Bush May 25, 2009

A problem far more pressing for the dynasty was the Taiping revolt, which ran from 1850 to 1864 and left tens of millions dead.
We’re Still Fighting the Opium Wars William O’Connor August 27, 2014

By the way, I’ve had dinner at Spoons myself and must salute the dynasty’s fine culinary taste.
A Romanov Goes to Israel David Frum May 1, 2013

But there are many reasons to believe that the dynasty has lost its hold on the public imagination.
Is the Kennedy Dynasty Over? Julian Zelizer January 20, 2009

Historical Examples

This dynasty was chiefly concerned in firmly establishing the position of Marduk.
The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria Morris Jastrow

The Republic could not suffer at their hands; the Republic and the dynasty were impregnable.
The Adventurer Cyril M. Kornbluth

Organic or social change have become the war-cry of faction, instead of change of dynasty.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 65, No. 399, January 1849 Various

Was it not the bill-posters who caused the downfall of the French dynasty?
The Strollers Frederic S. Isham

The book presented a clear and readable account of the life and times of Hammurabi and the dynasty to which he belonged.
The Relations between the Laws of Babylonia and the Laws of the Hebrew Peoples C. H. W. Johns

noun (pl) -ties
a sequence of hereditary rulers: an Egyptian dynasty
any sequence of powerful leaders of the same family: the Kennedy dynasty
n.

mid-15c. (earlier dynastia, late 14c.), from Middle French dynastie and directly from Late Latin dynastia, from Greek dynasteia “power, lordship, sovereignty,” from dynastes “ruler, chief,” from dynasthai “have power.”

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