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 Yet the earliest legal collection in the Bible, in the book of Exodus, lacks the role of the king as a lawgiver for the first time in the history of the ancient Near East. Samuel L. Boyd, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 Scholars have noted an innovation that occurred in the laws in the Bible: There is no king who acts as the lawgiver. Samuel L. Boyd, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 In other words, a Spartan way of life that gradually took shape was retroactively attributed to a single lawgiver, whose name gave it an almost divine authority. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 In ancient Sparta, the lawgiver Lycurgus had contrived to make his constitution permanently unamendable. Akhil Reed Amar, Time, 7 May 2021 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, 10 Mar. 2020 They are supposed to be the messengers, not the lawgivers. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 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, 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, 22 Sep. 2019 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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