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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]
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Noun1.dynast - a hereditary ruler
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
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Popular iconographies show him riding a horse and wielding a sword, apparently challenging the despotic rule of Mirkh Shah, an imaginary ruler whose name is missing from the actual list of dynasts who ruled over Thatta from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries.
That is how the dynasts spend public funds to pave concrete roads into their mansions, beach resorts, and mountain rest houses.
The 1987 Constitution bans political dynasties but Congress, which is dominated by political dynasts, has failed to pass an enabling law defining a political dynasty.
In this book, she finds similarities between Thomas HardyAEs The Dynasts and Leo TolstoyAEs War and Peace, investigating their ideas on war, heroism, free will, determinism, and consciousness in the context of their descriptions of the Napoleonic Wars.
The proof of the pudding lies, of course, in the eating, and in the case of dynasts, it is the winning of elections that matter.
Hardy, si: redacto entre 1904y 1908 The dynasts, un colosal e ilegible "drama en mente" (dada su reputacion como la obra dramatica mas larga de la lengua inglesa, no puede ser representada).
The fragmentation of the political system has also led to a sharp rise in parties led by regional dynasts.
This may not happen yet in the coming elections, but having such realizations would provide us a framework to make sense of the limited and elitist choices that we may soon have, expose and pit the warring dynasts against each other, and take concrete steps forward.
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Predictably, The Dynasts features centrally throughout:
Bernard Cole, in "The History of the Twenty-First-Century Chinese Navy," provides a useful overview of what in retrospect is the very surprising neglect of the sea by the dynasts of ancient China as well as their modern successors.
Of course, after a military rule, it is always a change of dress from the khaki to civilian robes, but the power dispensation stays elitist, privileged and autocratic, with a few hangers-on getting into this exclusive club by hanging on to coat-tails of the dynasts and their henchmen.