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Word: sovereign

Definition: ruler in a monarchy; ADJ: (of a country) independent and self-governing; having supreme power; supreme; excellent


Sentences Containing 'sovereign'

Your majesty is well aware that the sovereign of the Island of Elba has maintained his relations with Italy and France?''
``My dear friend,''said Lucien with an air of sovereign contempt,``do I ever read the papers?''
Perhaps this would not have been so had it been possible to get rid of M. de Villefort; but, like the feudal barons who rebelled against their sovereign, he dwelt in an impregnable fortress.
said Eugenie with sovereign contempt, smoothing her gloves out one upon the other.
Those theories have had a considerable influence, not only upon the opinions of men of learning, but upon the public conduct of princes and sovereign states.
The fifth and last book treats of the revenue of the sovereign, or commonwealth.
The few artificers among them are said to have been all maintained by the sovereign, the nobles, and the priests, and were probably their servants or slaves.
The sovereign, for example, with all the officers both of justice and war who serve under him, the whole army and navy, are unproductive labourers.
He made war according to his own discretion, frequently against his neighbours, and sometimes against his sovereign.
They became, however, so considerable, that the sovereign could impose no tax upon them, besides the stated farm-rent of the town, without their own consent.
In that simple state, the expense even of a sovereign is not directed by the vanity which delights in the gaudy finery of a court, but is employed in bounty to his tenants, and hospitality to his retainers.
No landlord shares with him in its produce, and, the share of the sovereign is commonly but a trifle.
The sovereign himself can never have either interest or inclination to pervert the order of justice, or to oppress the great body of the people.
But the distance of the colony assemblies from the eye of the sovereign, their number, their dispersed situation, and their various constitutions, would render it very difficult to manage them in the same manner, even though the sovereign had the same means of doing it; and those means are wanting.
In almost all countries, the revenue of the sovereign is drawn from that of the people.
The greater the revenue of the people, therefore, the greater the annual produce of their land and labour, the more they can afford to the sovereign.
But if this is the interest of every sovereign, it is peculiarly so of one whose revenue, like that of the sovereign of Bengal, arises chiefly from a land-rent.
A tax of five, or even of ten shillings, upon the exportation of every tod of wool, would produce a very considerable revenue to the sovereign.
It is scarce possible to devise a tax which could produce any considerable revenue to the sovereign, and at the same time occasion so little inconveniency to anybody.
His society (for in this state of things there is properly neither sovereign nor commonwealth) is at no sort of expense, either to prepare him for the field, or to maintain him while he is in it.
His chief or sovereign (for those nations have all chiefs or sovereigns) is at no sort of expense in preparing him for the field; and when he is in it, the chance of plunder is the only pay which he either expects or requires.
Such as they are, however, it seldom costs the sovereign or commonwealth any expense to prepare them for the field.
He is not unwilling, therefore, to serve without pay during a short campaign; and it frequently costs the sovereign or commonwealth as little to maintain him in the field as to prepare him for it.
That degree of liberty which approaches to licentiousness, can be tolerated only in countries where the sovereign is secured by a well regulated standing army.
It is in such countries only, that the public safety does not require that the sovereign should be trusted with any discretionary power, for suppressing even the impertinent wantonness of this licentious liberty.
After the authority of the sovereign, too, was thoroughly established, the person found guilty, over and above the satisfaction which he was obliged to make to the party, was like-wise forced to pay an amercement to the sovereign.
Originally, both the sovereign and the inferior chiefs used to exercise this jurisdiction in their own persons.
If it was for his own benefit only, that the bailiff had been guilty of an act of injustice, the sovereign himself might not always be unwilling to punish him, or to oblige him to repair the wrong.
But if it was for the benefit of his sovereign; if it was in order to make court to the person who appointed him, and who might prefer him, that he had committed any act of oppression; redress would, upon most occasions, be as impossible as if the sovereign had committed it himself.
It is difficult to regulate the fees of court effectually, where a person so powerful as the sovereign is to share in them and to derive any considerable part of his revenue from them.
But the revenue of the sovereign does not, in any part of Europe, arise chiefly from a land tax or land rent.
Their interest as an incorporated body is never the same with that of the sovereign, and is sometimes directly opposite to it.
By this arrangement the condition of the sovereign was still worse than it had been before.
Each detachment was not only independent of the sovereign of the country in which it was quartered, and by which it was maintained, but dependent upon a foreign sovereign, who could at any time turn its arms against the sovereign of that particular country, and support them by the arms of all the other detachments.
In all the disputes which their sovereign has had with the pope, they have almost constantly taken part with the former.
Of the Funds, or Sources, of Revenue, which may peculiarly belong to the Sovereign or Commonwealth.
In those days the principal expense of the sovereign seems to have consisted in the maintenance of his own family and household.
In a different state of things it might have been advantageous to the sovereign and hurtful to the landlord.
No incitement to the attention of the sovereign can ever counterbalance the smallest discouragement to that of the landlord.
In China, the principal revenue of the sovereign consists in a tenth part of the produce of all the lands of the empire.
The loss of the sovereign, from the abuse and depredation of his tax-gatherers, would necessarily be much greater.
Treasure-trove was then considered as an important branch of the revenue of the sovereign.
In that situation, the expense, even of a sovereign, cannot be directed by that vanity which delights in the gaudy finery of a court.
The sovereign feels that he must provide for such exigencies by saving, because he foresees the absolute impossibility of borrowing.
"'The Church of St. Monica, John,' she cried, 'and half a sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.'
'The Church of St. Monica,' said I, 'and half a sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.'
The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean to wear it on my watch-chain in memory of the occasion."
But I'll have a sovereign on with you, just to teach you not to be obstinate."
We must needs inquire then on what principle the Sovereign is originally invested with that right.
They asked him, then, whether to live or die was a matter of his own sovereign will and pleasure.
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