morganatic morganatic

Definition(s):

  • (adj) (of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior

Usage(s):

  1. He demanded protection against such picketing by his morganatic wife and her son whose legitimacy he does not recognize.
  2. His secret morganatic marriage a decade ago scarcely decreased the couple's anxiety.
  3. Blackmail for repressing the memoirs of a morganatic wife.

Quotes

  • "He had a fascination for constitutional matters - morganatic marriage, primogeniture rules, the relationship of monarchy to the constitution and so on," said Andrew MacKinlay, Labour MP for Thurrock. "But he was also very convivial. He was...
    on Jun 7, 2008 By: Andrew Mackinlay Source: Times Online

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