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[poht-n-teyt] /ˈpoʊt nˌteɪt/
a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler.
Origin of potentate
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin potentātus potentate, Latin: power, dominion. See potent1, -ate3 Unabridged
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  • As for the queen, she is so far from being a decisive potentate that she can seem goofily out of the loop.
  • In his later years, he was the potentate of a party that had long stopped believing in its own slogans.
  • If luscious diversity characterizes the tropical east, then in the domain of the western potentate productivity is king.
British Dictionary definitions for potentate


a person who possesses great power or authority, esp a ruler or monarch
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin potentātus ruler, from Latin: rule, command, from potens powerful, from posse to be able
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Word Origin and History for potentate

c.1400, from Old French potentat and directly from Late Latin potentatus "a ruler," also "political power," from Latin potentatus "might, power, rule, dominion," from potentem (nominative potens) "powerful" (see potent).

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