Obrenović or Obrenovich (both: ōbrĕˈnəvĭch) [key], Serbian dynasty. Its founder, Miloš Obrenović (see Miloš), was the first modern Serbian ruler. The murder (1817) of Karageorge (Karadjordje), probably at Miloš's instigation, started the long feud between the Obrenović and the Karadjordjević families. Miloš's son Michael, prince of Serbia, was assassinated in 1868. His successor, Prince Milan, was proclaimed king of Serbia in 1882. Milan's son Alexander, king of Serbia, the last ruling Obrenović, was assassinated in 1903; on his death the Karadjordjević dynasty again came into power.

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