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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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And with regard to their influencing public manners, Miss Crawford must not misunderstand me, or suppose I mean to call them the arbiters of good-breeding, the regulators of refinement and courtesy, the masters of the ceremonies of life.
They were the arbiters of fashion, the Court of last Appeal, and they knew it, and bowed to their fate.
I will say a few more words, Xodar, with no intent to wound your feelings further, but rather that you may give thought to the fact that while we live we are still more the arbiters of our own fate than is any god.
In 1809 the intimacy between "the world's two arbiters," as Napoleon and Alexander were called, was such that when Napoleon declared war on Austria a Russian corps crossed the frontier to co-operate with our old enemy Bonaparte against our old ally the Emperor of Austria, and in court circles the possibility of marriage between Napoleon and one of Alexander's sisters was spoken of.
They think they think, and such thinkless creatures are the arbiters of the lives of the few who really think.
They do not know mankind nor society, and yet they set themselves up as arbiters of the fates of the hungry millions and all the other millions thrown in.
I looked upon them as superior beings who would be the arbiters of my future destiny.
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.