potentate

Definition: One possessed of great power or sway

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The Scarlet Letter - By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joseph Hatton
...Without taking overmuch upon myself, my good word will go far toward gaining any strange gentleman a fair reception from yonder potentate you wot of ! " "...
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon - By Washington Irving
...the inhabitants of Little Britain as the greatest potentate upon earth; his gilt coach with six horses as the summit of human splendor; and his procession, with all the Sheriffs and Aldermen in his train, as the grandest of earthly pageants ....
The Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne - By Nathaniel Hawthorne, George Parsons Lathrop
...Without taking overmuch upon myself, my good word will go far towards gaining any strange gentleman a fair reception from yonder potentate you wot of ! " "...
A Tale of Two Cities - By Charles Dickens, Frederick S Boas, T. H. Allen
...fanes by armed men, and highway robberies, took place In the capital itself every night; families were publicly cautioned not to go out of town without removing their furniture to upholsterers ' warehouses for security; the highwayman in the dark was a City tradesman in the light, and, being recognized and challenged by his fellow-tradesman whom he stopped in his character of `` the Captain, " gallantly shot him through the head and rode away; the mail was waylaid by seven robbers, and the guard shot three dead, and then got shot dead himself by the other four, " in consequence of the failure of his ammunition : " after which the mail was robbed in peace; that magnificent potentate, the Lord Mayor of London, was made to stand and deliver on Turn-ham Green, by one highwayman, who despoiled the illustrious creature in sight of all his retinue; prisoners in London gaols fought battles with their turnkeys, and the majesty of the law fired blunderbusses in among them, loaded with rounds of shot and ball; thieves snipped off diamond crosses from the necks of noble lords at Court drawing-roor `` s; musketeers went into St. Giles 's ,0 to search for contraband goods, and the mob fired on the musketeers, and the musketeers fired on the mob, and nobody thought any of these occurrences much out of the common way ....
The House of the Seven Gables - By Nathaniel Hawthorne
...about her,--that very sphere which the outcast, the prisoner, the potentate,--the wretch beneath mankind, the wretch aside from it, or the wretch above it,--instinctively pines after,--a home !...
Ben-Hur - By Lew Wallace, Joseph Autier
...Among other pertinent things, it was remarked that tho palace was kept in perpetual readiness for use; and when a consul, general of the army, king, or visiting potentate of any kind arrived at Antioch, quarters were at once assigned him on the island ....
Westward Ho! - By Charles Kingsley, N. C. Wyeth
...Now I am sorry to say, for the honor of my country, that it was by no means a safe thing in those days to travel from Plymouth to the north of Devon; because, to get to your journey 's end, unless you were minded to make a circuit of many miles, you must needs pass through the territory of a foreign and hostile potentate, who had many times ravaged the dominions, and defeated the forces of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and was named -LRB- behind his back at least -RRB- the King of the Gubbings ....
Barchester Towers - By Anthony Trollope, Michael Sadleir
...He began to try what prayers would do, but city prayers were vain against the great rural potentate ....
The Water-babies - By Charles Kingsley, Joseph No
...And every one can find sea-lemons -LRB- ready quartered too -RRB- if they will look for them at low tide; and sea-grapes too sometimes, hanging in bunches; and, if you will go to Nice, you will find the fish-market full of sea-fruit, which they call `` frutta di mare " : though I suppose they call them `` fruits de mer " now, out of compliment to that most successful, and therefore most immaculate, potentate who is seemingly desirous of inheriting the blessing pronounced on those who remove their neighbors ' landmark ....
Essays - By Ralph Waldo Emerson
...Therefore the poet is not any permissive potentate, but is emperor in his own right .3 Criticism is infested with a cant of materialism, which assumes that manual skill and activity is the first merit of all men, and disparages such as say and do not, overlooking the fact that some men, namely poets, are natural sayers, sent into the world to the end of expression, and confounds them with those whose province is action but who quit it to imitate the sayers ....
Tom Brown's school days - By Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown
...And away swaggers the young potentate, with his hands in his pockets, and Tom at his side ....
The Small House at Allington - By Anthony Trollope, John Everett Millais
...Lord Dumbello had frowned laterly when his eyes fell on the tall figure of the duke 's heir; and the duke himself,--that potentate, generally so mighty in his silence,--the duke himself had spoken ....
The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray - By William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope
...Silent he may have been : not a jolly prince like his father before him, but a prudent, quiet, selfish potentate, going his own way, managing his own affairs, and understanding his own interests remarkably well ....