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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

potentate

[ˈpəʊtənteɪt] Npotentado m

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[ˈpəʊtənteɪt] npotentat m

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[ˈpəʊtnˌteɪt] npotentato
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Now, Phoebe's presence made a home about her,--that very sphere which the outcast, the prisoner, the potentate,--the wretch beneath mankind, the wretch aside from it, or the wretch above it, --instinctively pines after,--a home
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.
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.
You cannot be ignorant that your king, Louis XIV, thinking that the gesture of a potentate was sufficient to bring the Pyrenees under his yoke, had imposed the Duke of Anjou, his grandson, on the Spaniards.
His estate was princely, and his family noble, being a wronged branch of an English potentate.
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.
This dispute, much to the credit as well of the illustrious potentate above mentioned as of the worthy and enlightened directors of the railroad, has been pacifically arranged on the principle of mutual compromise.
The consternation it created was something beyond even that natural in a Court at the fall of a potentate.
The Braces potentate was at present passing, in excellent health, through the Indian summer of life.
I come down here, for instance, and I find a mighty potentate exacting homage.
There was the revolver that I had only once heard fired, and there the blood-stained life-preserver, brace-and-bit, bottle of rock-oil, velvet bag, rope-ladder, walking-stick, gimlets, wedges, and even the empty cartridge-case which had once concealed the gift of a civilized monarch to a potentate of color.
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.