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po·ten·tate

 (pōt′n-tāt′)
n.
1. One who has the power and position to rule over others; a monarch.
2. One who dominates or leads a group or an endeavor: industrial potentates.

[Middle English potentat, from Old French, from Late Latin potentātus, from Latin, power, from potēns, present participle of posse, to be able; see potent.]

potentate

(ˈpəʊtənˌteɪt)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who possesses great power or authority, esp a ruler or monarch
[C14: from Late Latin potentātus ruler, from Latin: rule, command, from potens powerful, from posse to be able]

po•ten•tate

(ˈpoʊt nˌteɪt)

n.
a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin potentātus potentate, Latin: power, dominion. See potent1, -ate3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potentate - a ruler who is unconstrained by law
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
shogun - a hereditary military dictator of Japan; the shoguns ruled Japan until the revolution of 1867-68
strongman - a powerful political figure who rules by the exercise of force or violence; "he is determined to bring down the Iraqi strongman"
autocrat, despot, tyrant - a cruel and oppressive dictator

potentate

noun ruler, king, prince, emperor, monarch, sovereign, mogul, overlord a rich Eastern potentate
Translations

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[ˈpəʊtənteɪt] Npotentado m

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Then the others sighed and shook their heads too, for the ample lady was a great local potentate, and one began to tell how another dreadful husband had brought his young wife into the country and had kept her there, concealing her beauty and accomplishments from the public in a most cruel manner, and how, after spending a certain number of years in alternately weeping and producing progeny, she had quite lately run away with somebody unspeakable--I think it was the footman, or the baker, or some one of that sort.
I come down here, for instance, and I find a mighty potentate exacting homage.
I said that if that potentate must go over in our ship, why, I supposed he must --but that to my thinking, when the United States considered it necessary to send a dignitary of that tonnage across the ocean, it would be in better taste, and safer, to take him apart and cart him over in sections in several ships.
Without taking overmuch upon myself my good word will go far towards gaining any strange gentleman a fair reception from yonder potentate you wot of.
While at anchor at this place, much ceremonious visiting and long conferences took place between the potentate of the islands and the partners of the company.
A great potentate might arise, an artful prodigy, who with approval and disapproval could strain and constrain all the past, until it became for him a bridge, a harbinger, a herald, and a cock-crowing.
The gleaming metal and jewels of the gorgeous ornaments of the men and women, duplicated in the trappings of the zitidars and thoats, and interspersed with the flashing colors of magnificent silks and furs and feathers, lent a barbaric splendor to the caravan which would have turned an East Indian potentate green with envy.
Most wise and noble Potentate of Foxville," said the captain, addressing the King in a pompous voice, "I humbly beg to report that I found these strangers on the road leading to your Foxy Majesty's dominions, and have therefore brought them before you, as is my duty.
It appears to this potentate, that what the man in question should have done, would have been, to buy the young woman a boat and a small annuity, and set her up for herself.
The letter, then, is from a certain foreign potentate who has been ruffled by some recent Colonial developments of this country.
Nevertheless, if any one should ask of me how comes it that the Church has attained such greatness in temporal power, seeing that from Alexander backwards the Italian potentates (not only those who have been called potentates, but every baron and lord, though the smallest) have valued the temporal power very slightly--yet now a king of France trembles before it, and it has been able to drive him from Italy, and to ruin the Venetians--although this may be very manifest, it does not appear to me superfluous to recall it in some measure to memory.
But be all this as it may; let the unseen, ambiguous synod in the air, or the vindictive princes and potentates of fire, have to do or not with earthly Ahab, yet, in this present matter of his leg, he took plain practical procedures; --he called the carpenter.