Simple Definition of potentate
: a powerful ruler
Examples of potentate in a sentence
<Charles inherited the position of potentate of the Holy Roman Empire from his grandfather, as well that of king of Spain from his father.>
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Potentate has been wielding its power in English since the 15th century. It comes from the Late Latin potentatus, which in turn was formed from the Latin potent-, meaning "powerful." Other descendants of potent- in English include potent itself, impotent, and omnipotent, as well as the archaic armipotent and very rare bellipotent (meaning, respectively, "mighty in battle" and "mighty in war"). Even power and powerful can be traced back to potent-.
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