pro·​con·​sul | \ (ˌ)prō-ˈkän(t)-səl How to pronounce proconsul (audio) \

Definition of proconsul

1 : a governor or military commander of an ancient Roman province
2 : an administrator in a modern colony, dependency, or occupied area usually with wide powers

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Other Words from proconsul

proconsular \ (ˌ)prō-​ˈkän(t)-​s(ə-​)lər How to pronounce proconsular (audio) \ adjective
proconsulate \ (ˌ)prō-​ˈkän(t)-​s(ə-​)lət How to pronounce proconsulate (audio) \ noun
proconsulship \ (ˌ)prō-​ˈkän(t)-​səl-​ˌship How to pronounce proconsulship (audio) \ noun

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Chad Shelton’s energetic and vocally assured performance as the feckless Roman proconsul comes closest to breaking through Monastyrska’s august demeanor. Eric Skelly, Houston Chronicle, "Review: HGO’s ‘Norma’ is grand, but lead can’t ‘Let It Go’," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of proconsul

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for proconsul

Middle English, from Latin, from pro consule for a consul

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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