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podesta

[poh-des-tuh, poh-duh-stah] /poʊˈdɛs tə, ˌpoʊ dəˈstɑ/
noun
1.
any of certain magistrates in Italy, as a chief magistrate in medieval towns and republics.
2.
a person appointed to serve as mayor of an Italian city during the Fascist regime.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Italian podestà power < Latin potestās power, command
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podesta

/pɒˈdɛstə; Italian podeˈsta/
noun
1.
(in modern Italy) a subordinate magistrate in some towns
2.
(in Fascist Italy) the chief magistrate of a commune
3.
(in medieval Italy)
  1. any of the governors of the Lombard cities appointed by Frederick Barbarossa
  2. a chief magistrate in any of various republics, such as Florence
Word Origin
C16: from Italian: power, from Latin potestās ability, power, from posse to be able
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