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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.]
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(ˈdɪnəst; -æst)
a ruler, esp a hereditary one
[C17: from Latin dynastēs, from Greek dunastēs, from dunasthai to be powerful]
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(ˈdaɪ næst, -nəst; Brit. also ˈdɪn æst)

a ruler or potentate, esp. a hereditary ruler.
[1625–35; < Latin dynastēs < Greek dynástēs ruler]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dynast - a hereditary ruler
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
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"The way previous governments have performed people felt that dynasts should not get any place in politics.
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Whether it is going to produce lasting and sustainable change is too early to say but the dynasts are in the process of being routed, not yet gone and will be long remembered, but there is a new beast in the political menagerie.
Is it any wonder then that with the sudden disqualification of dynasts, remarkably few youths stepped up to file their own certificates of candidacy?
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Of course, after a military rule, it is always a change of dress from the khaki to civilian robes, but the power dispensation stays elitist, privileged and autocratic, with a few hangers-on getting into this exclusive club by hanging on to coat-tails of the dynasts and their henchmen.