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ar·bi·ter

 (är′bĭ-tər)
n.
1. One agreed upon or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue; an arbitrator.
2. One whose opinion or judgment is considered authoritative or worthy of respect: an arbiter of fashion.

[Middle English arbitre, from Old French, from Latin arbiter, of Phoenician origin; see ʕrb in Semitic roots.]

arbiter

(ˈɑːbɪtə)
n
1. (Law) a person empowered to judge in a dispute; referee; arbitrator
2. a person having complete control of something
[C15: from Latin, of obscure origin]

ar•bi•ter

(ˈɑr bɪ tər)

n.
1. a person empowered to decide matters at issue; judge; umpire.
2. a person or group having the sole or absolute power of judging or determining.
[1350–1400; Middle English arbitour, arbitre < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin arbiter]

arbiter

- Latin for "judge, supreme ruler."
See also related terms for judge.

arbiter

one chosen to settle a controversy; an umpire or arbitrator.
See also: Agreement
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arbiter - someone with the power to settle matters at willarbiter - someone with the power to settle matters at will; "she was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion"
expert - a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
2.arbiter - someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issuearbiter - someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue; "the critic was considered to be an arbiter of modern literature"; "the arbitrator's authority derived from the consent of the disputants"; "an umpire was appointed to settle the tax case"
evaluator, judge - an authority who is able to estimate worth or quality
third party - someone other than the principals who are involved in a transaction

arbiter

noun
1. judge, referee, umpire, arbitrator, adjudicator the court's role as arbiter in the law-making process
2. authority, expert, master, governor, ruler, dictator, controller, lord, pundit Sequins have often aroused the scorn of arbiters of taste.

arbiter

noun
A person, usually appointed, who decides the issues or results, or supervises the conduct, of a competition or conflict:
Sports: ref, ump.
Translations
арбитър
sovittelijavälittäjä

arbiter

[ˈɑːbɪtəʳ] N
1. (= adjudicator) → árbitro/a m/f
2. (fig) to be an arbiter of taste/styleser un árbitro del buen gusto/de la moda

arbiter

[ˈɑːrbɪtər] narbitre m

arbiter

n
(of fate etc)Herr(in) m(f), → Gebieter(in) m(f) (→ of über +acc); to be the arbiter ofHerr(in) sein über (+acc); they were the arbiters of good taste/stylesie waren die Päpste des guten Geschmacks/Stils

arbiter

[ˈɑːbɪtəʳ] n (frm) → arbitro
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To a disposition like Holgrave's, at once speculative and active, there is no temptation so great as the opportunity of acquiring empire over the human spirit; nor any idea more seductive to a young man than to become the arbiter of a young girl's destiny.
To whom these most adhere, Hee rules a moment; CHAOS Umpire sits, And by decision more imbroiles the fray By which he Reigns: next him high Arbiter CHANCE governs all.
For, while he was but too ready to accept the position that was almost immediately offered to him on his coming of age, and found, indeed, a subtle pleasure in the thought that he might really become to the London of his own day what to imperial Neronian Rome the author of the Satyricon once had been, yet in his inmost heart he desired to be something more than a mere arbiter elegantiarum, to be consulted on the wearing of a jewel, or the knotting of a necktie, or the conduct of a cane.
To reason from the past to the future, we shall have good ground to apprehend, that the sword would sometimes be appealed to as the arbiter of their differences.
He saw, with inexpressible dismay, that there was no limit to his weakness, and that, from concession to concession, he had fallen from the arbiter of Macfarlane's destiny to his paid and helpless accomplice.
And as if it were not enough to have aggrandized the Church, and deprived himself of friends, he, wishing to have the kingdom of Naples, divides it with the King of Spain, and where he was the prime arbiter in Italy he takes an associate, so that the ambitious of that country and the malcontents of his own should have somewhere to shelter; and whereas he could have left in the kingdom his own pensioner as king, he drove him out, to put one there who was able to drive him, Louis, out in turn.
Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.
The end of the day is the time to gaze at the kingly face of the Westerly Weather, who is the arbiter of ships' destinies.
In peace, from their want of confidence in each other, they will entrust the guardianship of the state to mercenaries and their general, who will be an arbiter between them, and sometimes become master of both, which happened at Larissa, when Simos and the Aleuadae had the chief power.
General Epanchin took up his part and spoke in the character of father of a family; he spoke sensibly, and without wasting words over any attempt at sentimentality, he merely recorded his full admission of her right to be the arbiter of Totski's destiny at this moment.
He is at some obvious pains to "punish vice and reward virtue," but I do not mean that easy morality when I praise his; I mean the more difficult sort that recognizes in each man's soul the arbiter not of his fate surely, but surely of his peace.
So the beautiful Madame Rabourdin was to be, within an hour, the arbiter of her husband's fate, and no power on earth could warn her of the importance of her replies, or give her the least hint to guard her conduct and compose her voice.