Part of speech: noun

One having great power or sway; a sovereign.

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Usage examples "potentate":

  1. One of the players outside is then invited in; he is told to kneel down and kiss the toe; the potentate on the chair leans forward a little to bring his sponge immediately over the subject's head; and a shower- bath follows. - "What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes", Dorothy Canfield Fisher.
  2. Martin was too small a potentate, and far too remote to be chosen as protector by a man living near the farm of Singlee on Ettrick, and near the bold Buccleuch. - "Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy", Andrew Lang.
  3. A prince and potentate of Commonplaces, such as he is! - "The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846", Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett.