What is another word for potentate?

Pronunciation: [pˈə͡ʊtəntˌe͡ɪt] (IPA)

A potentate is a ruler who possesses great power and authority. Synonyms for the word include monarch, sovereign, emperor, king, queen, tsar, sultan, caliph, and pharaoh. These terms all refer to individuals who wield significant political, social, and economic control over their respective domains. Other less commonly used synonyms for potentate include autocrat, despot, dictator, and tyrant, all of which have negative connotations associated with the exercise of absolute or oppressive power. Regardless, the word potentate itself conveys a sense of dominance and influence that carries weight in any discussion of political leadership.

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  • hyponyms for potentate (as nouns)

Usage examples for Potentate

In this way she drove quite through the highlands, until she had passed Pollopol's Island, where, it is said, the jurisdiction of the Dunderberg potentate ceases.
"Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists"
Washington Irving
On the skirts of the neighbouring village, there lives a kind of small potentate, who, for aught I know, is a representative of one of the most ancient legitimate lines of the present day; for the empire over which he reigns has belonged to his family time out of mind.
"Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists"
Washington Irving
Their ideas of the position and character of an Indian potentate were very vague indeed.
"The Princess Pocahontas"
Virginia Watson

Famous quotes with Potentate

  • The foreign-born population of this country must be an Americanized population. No other kind can fight the battles of America either in war or peace. It must talk the language of its native-born fellow-citizens; it must possess American citizenship and American ideals. It must stand firm by its oath of allegiance in word and deed and must show that in very fact it has renounced allegiance to every prince, potentate, or foreign government. It must be maintained on an American standard of living so as to prevent labor disturbances in important plants and at critical times. None of these objects can be secured as long as we have immigrant colonies, ghettos, and immigrant sections, and above all they cannot be assured so long as we consider the immigrant only as an industrial asset. The immigrant must not be allowed to drift or to be put at the mercy of the exploiter. Our object is not to imitate one of the older racial types, but to maintain a new American type and then to secure loyalty to this type. We cannot secure such loyalty unless we make this a country where men shall feel that they have justice and also where they shall feel that they are required to perform the duties imposed upon them.
    Theodore Roosevelt
  • One of the troubles about vanity is that it grows with what it feeds on. The more you are talked about, the more you will wish to be talked about. The condemned murderer who is allowed to see the account of his trial in the press is indignant if he finds a newspaper which has reported it inadequately. And the more he finds about himself in other newspapers, the more indignant he will be with the one whose reports are meagre. Politicians and literary men are in the same case... It is scarcely possible to exaggerate the influence of vanity throughout the range of human life, from the child of three to the potentate at whose frown the world trembles. Mankind have even committed the impiety of attributing similar desires to the Deity, whom they imagine avid for continual praise. But great as is the influence of the motives we have been considering, there is one which outweighs them all. I mean the love of power. Love of power is closely akin to vanity, but it is not by any means the same thing. What vanity needs for its satisfaction is glory, and it is easy to have glory without power. The people who enjoy the greatest glory in the United States are film stars, but they can be put in their place by the Committee for Un-American Activities, which enjoys no glory whatever.
    Bertrand Russell
  • The political barbarism of the century made him an exile, a wanderer, a , not only from his Russian homeland but from the matchless Russian tongue in which his genius would have found its unforced idiom... But I have no hesitation in arguing that this poly-linguistic matrix is the determining fact of Nabokov's life and art. But whereas so many other language exiles clung desperately to the artifice of their native tongue or fell silent, Nabokov moved into successive languages like a travelling potentate...
    Vladimir Nabokov

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