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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dynast - a hereditary ruler
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
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History will judge him as a failed dynast," said, Sarma, who was one of the most prominent leaders of the Congress in Assam before joining Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
A failed dynast today chose to speak about his failed political journey in the US.
The previous power structure was best enunciated by a minor dynast, who admitted that all they had to do was to bow to one family for others to bow down to them.
Of course not every feudal dynast was a despot, but many were.
THE HOUSE OF Savoy was Europe's longest-lasting ruling dynast.
Bess of Hardwick: Portrait of an Elizabethan Dynast.
So Rahul is positioned as dynast, a shehzada [prince], who has been made the head of his party not on merit, but because he is the son of Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi.
What more needs to be said of the fragility of the INC that just two words ' complete nonsense,' uttered as a personal opinion by a diffident dynast, have sent this grand old party and the government tottering.
In 2007, when Rahul Gandhi, a fourth generation dynast, talked about bringing in democracy to the youth wings, few took him seriously.
He was also a statesman concerned to make France a great and modern state, a dynast ambitious to make the Bonapartes the leading family in Europe, and a ruler whose influence was to mould the history of Europe at the outset of its most influential century.
Notably, his statement comes mere three days after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's speech at University of California, Berkeley, in which he defended his position as a political dynast.
Downplaying Gandhi's comments against Prime Minister Modi, Irani said that it was not surprising rather was expected out of a failed dynast.