lawgiver

noun
law·​giv·​er | \ ˈlȯ-ˌgi-vər How to pronounce lawgiver (audio) \

Definition of lawgiver

1 : one who gives a code of laws to a people

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political activists strenuously lobbied the state's lawgivers to expand the scope of the civil rights legislation
Recent Examples on the Web What makes Larsen’s novel so striking is its cold, utilitarian atmosphere of let the joke on the lawgiver be. Darryl Pinckney, The New York Review of Books, "Escaping Blackness," 10 Mar. 2020 They are supposed to be the messengers, not the lawgivers. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Schumer, the Supreme Court, and the Mob," 5 Mar. 2020 El Pastor is the lawgiver (no drinking, no smoking, no fighting) and the genial benefactor who supplies everything from food to bus fare to toilet paper. Washington Post, "‘Everybody cries here’: Hope and despair in Mexican shelter," 22 Sep. 2019 El Pastor is the lawgiver (no drinking, no smoking, no fighting) and the genial benefactor who supplies everything from food to bus fare to toilet paper. Washington Post, "‘Everybody cries here’: Hope and despair in Mexican shelter," 22 Sep. 2019 El Pastor is the lawgiver (no drinking, no smoking, no fighting) and the genial benefactor who supplies everything from food to bus fare to toilet paper. Washington Post, "‘Everybody cries here’: Hope and despair in Mexican shelter," 22 Sep. 2019 El Pastor is the lawgiver (no drinking, no smoking, no fighting) and the genial benefactor who supplies everything from food to bus fare to toilet paper. Washington Post, "‘Everybody cries here’: Hope and despair in Mexican shelter," 22 Sep. 2019 El Pastor is the lawgiver (no drinking, no smoking, no fighting) and the genial benefactor who supplies everything from food to bus fare to toilet paper. Washington Post, "‘Everybody cries here’: Hope and despair in Mexican shelter," 22 Sep. 2019 El Pastor is the lawgiver (no drinking, no smoking, no fighting) and the genial benefactor who supplies everything from food to bus fare to toilet paper. Washington Post, "‘Everybody cries here’: Hope and despair in Mexican shelter," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lawgiver

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lawgiver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lawgiver. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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