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statesman

[steyts-muh n] /ˈsteɪts mən/
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
1585-1595
1585-95; state + 's1 + -man, modeled on steersman; compare the phrase ship of state
Related forms
statesmanlike, statesmanly, adjective
superstatesman, noun, plural superstatesmen.
unstatesmanlike, adjective
Synonyms
1. See politician.
Usage note
See -man.
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  • 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.
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  • He had meanwhile become a statesman and philosopher.
  • For any other politician of his age, that would be that, a statesman's final flourish.
  • Newt though is a statesman and he's smart and has his own opinion.
  • The master statesman stood alone against fascism and renewed the world's faith in the superiority of democracy.
  • As a statesman he won himself both enthusiastic adherents and bitter enemies.
British Dictionary definitions for statesman

statesman

/ˈsteɪtsmən/
noun (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
Derived Forms
statesman-like, statesmanly, adjective
statesmanship, noun
stateswoman, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for statesman
n.

1590s, after French homme d'état; see state (n.1) + man (n.).

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