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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

satrap

\SEY-trap\ , noun;
1.
a subordinate ruler, often a despotic one.
2.
a governor of a province under the ancient Persian monarchy.
Quotes:
I govern this land for my brother, and as his satrap it is my duty to know much of the neighboring lands.
-- Gene Wolfe, Soldier of Sidon
It was common knowledge: this baby's father was some sort of latter-day satrap, a king of the East who had fetched himself a blond, horse-toothed bride from a women's college in New Jersey.
-- Chris Adrian, The Children's Hospital
Origin:
A Medieval word, satrap originated in the Old Persian from the literary prefix kshathrapavan-, meaning "guardian of the realm."
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