Definition of statesman in English:

statesman

Syllabification: states·man
Pronunciation: /ˈstātsmən
 
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noun (plural statesmen)

  • A skilled, experienced, and respected political leader or figure.
    More example sentences
    • He called for more effort on the part of all statesmen, politicians and church leaders to resolve the schism in the Orthodox church.
    • From now on, our leaders, our politicians, our statesmen will be fair game too.
    • Minor world leaders get to be statesmen for a day, and tell their parliaments and electors that they are taking part in a world summit.
    Synonyms
    senior politician, respected political figure, elder statesman, political leader, national leader

Derivatives

statesmanlike

adjective
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  • This disdain for legality - well concealed behind statesmanlike rhetoric - corresponds directly with a second vice: not telling the public the truth.
  • There were moments, especially in his last few statements, where he sounded statesmanlike and like a guy who wanted to be a ‘uniter, not a divider.’
  • But Sistani has so far played a statesmanlike game.

statesmanship

noun
More example sentences
  • Yet in the course of her entire high school education, my daughter never studied or discussed the subject of statesmanship as part of the curriculum.
  • But modern solutions have failed us miserably in recent years, with diplomacy and statesmanship bringing us all to the edge of the abyss.
  • His idea of EU statesmanship - steering Europe by getting its political elite onto the same page - has dissolved in those two ‘no’ votes.

Origin

late 16th century: from state's man, translating French homme d'état.

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