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The ruler of a province or people.

[Greek ethnarkhēs : ethnos, nation; see ethnic + -arkhēs, -arch.]

eth′nar′chy n.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the ruler of a people or province, as in parts of the Roman and Byzantine Empires
[C17: from Greek ethnarkhēs, from ethnos nation + arkhein to rule]
ˈethnarchy n
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Noun1.ethnarch - the ruler of a province (as in the Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire) or certain religious rulers with secular authority; "the election of Makarios III to archbishop gave him the status of the ethnarch of Cyprus"
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
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Ethnarch Tassos rejected this because, as he said at the time, he wanted a settlement based on the Annan plan.
Ravanan the ethnarch of Lanka, ruled Rameswaram, Janasthanam, Dandaka and many other regions in the South India, was a Brahmin by birth and after his demise; his body was cremated according to the Brahmanical rites.
vvb c Khaled (1943, Hyperion - Eclair, by Ethnarch).
If, in fact, the Jews in Rome represent "a diverse community of individually structured congregations" (Wiefel 92) lacking a single, controlling organizational head as, for example, the ethnarch in Alexandria, how could synagogues have had the role D.
Before independence, our leadership were the priests who made up what was called the ethnarchy, hence the reference, at least before independence, to every archbishop as the ethnarch. This leadership, guided by economic interests (as I have explained in previous articles), set enosis as its target, a maximalist goal which the international community did not approve of.
The best of ten foals out of the daughter of Ethnarch was the 1945 Middle Park Stakes winner Khaled (by Hyperion), who later found fame as the sire of the brilliant American colt Swaps.
While Salway eschews technical terms, it is unwise to venture into Millar's book without knowing at least the difference between an ethnarch and a tetrach.
Responding to this unfair criticism, Nik took a leaf out of Ethnarch Tassos' book, accusing his detractors of siding with the Turkish side.
Ethnarch Junior meanwhile has decided to use the occasion to push his demand for the sacking of the finance minister for his responsibility in the collapse of the co-op bank.
Speaking after the student parade, Ethnarch Junior said the "lessons and principles of the Greek revolution could become a source of inspiration and guide us in our struggle for the liberation of our occupied country, linking the message of the anniversary of the national uprising with the Cyprus problem."
Ethnarch Junior took a different line, threatening not to play with the government in the legislature if Harris was not removed from his post.