Noun(1) a ruler who is unconstrained by law
(1) The power of a star on the set is tantamount to that of a potentate .(2) Knighted by Queen Victoria in 1848, he made himself an independent potentate .(3) Like Renaissance princes, its potentates create their own moral universe.(4) It is very serious, very diplomatic-looking; you could imagine it being driven by foreign potentates and dictators.(5) Marco Polo, like many Europeans after him, remarked on the curious fact that local potentates wore minimal clothing with loads of jewellery.(6) Chiefs and rajas, sultans and potentates succumbed to western authority with no apparent regret on the part of their subjects.(7) Perhaps a time bomb has been planted under the thrones of Arab potentates - kings, emirs and presidents.(8) And their power-crazed heads obviously long to wear a crown, which is why they behave like old-style nawabs and potentates .(9) He does, after all, have a few other things to do - like take congratulatory phone calls from the world's presidents and potentates .(10) Elizabeth's refusal to alter with the times is characteristic of ageing potentates generally, but it ensured that few mourned her as she lay among her cushions.(11) And there are still the big-spending customers - potentates whose immeasurable wealth is coupled with discerning taste.(12) Lumps of capital investment from surprising places will also be discerned: the national investment portfolios of oil states, the capital-flight of third world potentates on the take.(13) Elected officials come and go, but the military potentates , policies and budgets go on and on.(14) These states have remained theocracies, and so sharia, or Koranic law, remains the highest authority, even for secular potentates .(15) The Dutch tried to put it together and were able to keep it together through playing sultans and local princes and potentates off against one another for several centuries.(16) Renaissance potentates kept dwarfs, whom they dressed up, slobbered over, passed around at the dinner table, or presented as gifts to influential friends.
1. ruler ::
2. monarch ::
3. sovereign ::
4. king ::
5. queen ::
6. emperor ::
7. empress ::
8. sultan ::
9. shah ::
10. raja ::
11. pharaoh ::
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