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 (dī′năst′, -nəst)
A ruler, especially a hereditary one.

[Latin dynastēs, from Greek dunastēs, lord, from dunasthai, to be able; see deu- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈdɪnəst; -æst)
a ruler, esp a hereditary one
[C17: from Latin dynastēs, from Greek dunastēs, from dunasthai to be powerful]


(ˈdaɪ næst, -nəst; Brit. also ˈdɪn æst)

a ruler or potentate, esp. a hereditary ruler.
[1625–35; < Latin dynastēs < Greek dynástēs ruler]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dynast - a hereditary ruler
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
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Second, the Akkadian texts have what might be considered a more positive view of kingship, presenting a "native legitimate dynast who will establish an unquestioned, universal rule" (p.
The previous power structure was best enunciated by a minor dynast, who admitted that all they had to do was to bow to one family for others to bow down to them.
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So Rahul is positioned as dynast, a shehzada [prince], who has been made the head of his party not on merit, but because he is the son of Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi.
Of course, this "ancestral reciprocal hospitality" reflects the importance of ancestral reciprocity in a world without Hilton hotels, but all kinds of reciprocity powerfully inflect the Histories, (23) Somehow, Pythios, the fabulously generous Lydian dynast (7.
Bagley's testimony traces the path of Coretta's promising vocal talents that lead her to study in New England at the Boston Conservatory and on to her placement among the Civil Rights Movement dynast.
Every day has a transposition with one letter changed (DYNAST, YEOMAN, ESTUARY, SANDWEEDS, HYDRATES, MYRIAD, and SUDATORY), but only Sunday can change all its letters (MAUNDY, DYNAST, SUDARY, UNEASY, SUNDRY, DAUNTS.
Having won the last five NL East titles in addition to the 2008 World Series title, Philadelphia has become a division dynast and in the off-season, they added Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.
One explanation is that it was kept by the royal family as an heirloom and deposited in the burial of a much later dynast.
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Just as Ahab's actions have caused a chasm between Israel's behavior and God's will, so will God cut off Ahab as king and as dynast.