statesman

[steyts-muhn]
noun, plural statesmen.
1.
a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs.
2.
a person who exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues.

Origin:
1585–95; state + 's1 + -man, modeled on steersman; compare the phrase ship of state

statesmanlike, statesmanly, adjective
superstatesman, noun, plural superstatesmen.
unstatesmanlike, adjective


1. See politician.


See -man.
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statesman (ˈsteɪtsmən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  a political leader whose wisdom, integrity, etc, win great respect
2.  a person active and influential in the formulation of high government policy, such as a cabinet member
3.  a politician
 
'statesman-like
 
adj
 
'statesmanly
 
adj
 
'statesmanship
 
n
 
'stateswoman
 
fem n

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Example sentences
Neither a statesman nor a theoretician, he knew how to strike people at their
  weak spots and how to win battles by reading a map.
One can hardly charge this humane statesman with either ignorance or
  callousness.
Instead, he has become an odd mixture of elder statesman and self-conscious
  third-world pop star.
He had meanwhile become a statesman and philosopher.
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