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polemarch

/ˈpɒlɪˌmɑːk/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greece) a civilian official, originally a supreme general
Word Origin
C16: from Greek polemarchos, from polemos war + archos ruler
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Word Origin and History for polemarch
n.

"commander of the army" in Greek history, 1570s, from Greek polemarkhos "one who begins or leads a war," from polemos "war" + arkhos "leader, chief, ruler" (see archon).

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