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arbiter

a person empowered to judge or make determinations: She will act as arbiter in the dispute.
Not to be confused with:
orbiter – a space probe designed to orbit a planetary body: The orbiter will land shortly.

ar·bi·ter

 (är′bĭ-tər)
n.
1. One agreed upon or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue; an arbitrator.
2. One whose opinion or judgment is considered authoritative or worthy of respect: an arbiter of fashion.

[Middle English arbitre, from Old French, from Latin arbiter, of Phoenician origin; see ʕrb in Semitic roots.]

arbiter

(ˈɑːbɪtə)
n
1. (Law) a person empowered to judge in a dispute; referee; arbitrator
2. a person having complete control of something
[C15: from Latin, of obscure origin]

ar•bi•ter

(ˈɑr bɪ tər)

n.
1. a person empowered to decide matters at issue; judge; umpire.
2. a person or group having the sole or absolute power of judging or determining.
[1350–1400; Middle English arbitour, arbitre < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin arbiter]

arbiter

- Latin for "judge, supreme ruler."
See also related terms for judge.

arbiter

one chosen to settle a controversy; an umpire or arbitrator.
See also: Agreement
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arbiter - someone with the power to settle matters at willarbiter - someone with the power to settle matters at will; "she was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion"
expert - a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
2.arbiter - someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issuearbiter - someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue; "the critic was considered to be an arbiter of modern literature"; "the arbitrator's authority derived from the consent of the disputants"; "an umpire was appointed to settle the tax case"
evaluator, judge - an authority who is able to estimate worth or quality
third party - someone other than the principals who are involved in a transaction

arbiter

noun
1. judge, referee, umpire, arbitrator, adjudicator the court's role as arbiter in the law-making process
2. authority, expert, master, governor, ruler, dictator, controller, lord, pundit Sequins have often aroused the scorn of arbiters of taste.

arbiter

noun
A person, usually appointed, who decides the issues or results, or supervises the conduct, of a competition or conflict:
Sports: ref, ump.
Translations
арбитър
sovittelijavälittäjä

arbiter

[ˈɑːbɪtəʳ] N
1. (= adjudicator) → árbitro/a m/f
2. (fig) to be an arbiter of taste/styleser un árbitro del buen gusto/de la moda

arbiter

[ˈɑːrbɪtər] narbitre m

arbiter

n
(of fate etc)Herr(in) m(f), → Gebieter(in) m(f) (→ of über +acc); to be the arbiter ofHerr(in) sein über (+acc); they were the arbiters of good taste/stylesie waren die Päpste des guten Geschmacks/Stils

arbiter

[ˈɑːbɪtəʳ] n (frm) → arbitro
References in classic literature ?
In 1809 the intimacy between "the world's two arbiters," as Napoleon and Alexander were called, was such that when Napoleon declared war on Austria a Russian corps crossed the frontier to co-operate with our old enemy Bonaparte against our old ally the Emperor of Austria, and in court circles the possibility of marriage between Napoleon and one of Alexander's sisters was spoken of.
I looked upon them as superior beings who would be the arbiters of my future destiny.
They were the arbiters of fashion, the Court of last Appeal, and they knew it, and bowed to their fate.
"I will say a few more words, Xodar, with no intent to wound your feelings further, but rather that you may give thought to the fact that while we live we are still more the arbiters of our own fate than is any god.
They think they think, and such thinkless creatures are the arbiters of the lives of the few who really think."
They do not know mankind nor society, and yet they set themselves up as arbiters of the fates of the hungry millions and all the other millions thrown in.
Then the Lion took his stand in front of the carcass and pronounced judgment: The first quarter is for me in my capacity as King of Beasts; the second is mine as arbiter; another share comes to me for my part in the chase; and as for the fourth quarter, well, as for that, I should like to see which of you will dare to lay a paw upon it."
Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.
In peace, from their want of confidence in each other, they will entrust the guardianship of the state to mercenaries and their general, who will be an arbiter between them, and sometimes become master of both, which happened at Larissa, when Simos and the Aleuadae had the chief power.
The end of the day is the time to gaze at the kingly face of the Westerly Weather, who is the arbiter of ships' destinies.
He is at some obvious pains to "punish vice and reward virtue," but I do not mean that easy morality when I praise his; I mean the more difficult sort that recognizes in each man's soul the arbiter not of his fate surely, but surely of his peace.
To reason from the past to the future, we shall have good ground to apprehend, that the sword would sometimes be appealed to as the arbiter of their differences.