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1. The male ruler of an empire.
a. The emperor butterfly.
b. The emperor moth.
c. The emperor penguin.

[Middle English emperour, from Old French empereor, from Latin imperātor, from imperāre, to command : in-, in; see en-1 + parāre, to prepare; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]

em′per·or·ship′ n.
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Titus is subsequently offered a 'palliament of white and spotless hue' (182) to signify the emperorship.
The introduction of emperorship destroyed the Roman rule of law and its key interpreter, Cicero, was slayed by Caesar's camp.
In fact, discourse of emperorship of national state and establish powerful state which is regarded as important factor has been encountered to main factor for nationalists so that the coup is as immediate solution for it.
I view their closet pretentions to emperorship as a local conceit.
There is no reason for Iran to be after growing an empire, the Islamic Revolution's thought is against emperorship and its only concern is the honor of the Muslims and their unity to attain this honor; we are not after emperorship and puppets and don't want to be as such," he said, responding to Kissinger's comments.
This means that once Crown Prince Naruhito ascends to the throne, his successor will be neither his daughter nor his two female nieces, but his nephew, Hisahito--who will leapfrog over all of them to take the emperorship.
In 1914, northern Iran was part of the Russian emperorship, whose consulates ruled Iran instead of the local government.