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potentate Syllabification: po·ten·tate
Pronunciation: /ˈpōtnˌtāt/

Definition of potentate in English:


A monarch or ruler, especially an autocratic one.
Example sentences
  • The Dutch tried to put it together and were able to keep it together through playing sultans and local princes and potentates off against one another for several centuries.
  • Chiefs and rajas, sultans and potentates succumbed to western authority with no apparent regret on the part of their subjects.
  • Like Renaissance princes, its potentates create their own moral universe.


Late Middle English: from Latin potentatus 'dominion', from potent- 'being able or powerful' (see potent1).

Words that rhyme with potentate

pernoctate • annotate

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