sa·​trap | \ ˈsā-ˌtrap also ˈsa-ˌtrap or ˈsa-trəp How to pronounce satrap (audio) \

Definition of satrap

1 : the governor of a province in ancient Persia
2a : ruler
b : a subordinate official : henchman

Examples of satrap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Backed by an expansive and brutal security system, Mr. Lukashenko shows no sign of losing his grip at home, if at the cost of becoming Mr. Putin’s enfeebled satrap. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 The 67-year-old sideline satrap enters the year with a career 292-134 record. Globe Staff,, 5 Sep. 2019 Begelman was neither the first nor the last in a long line of Hollywood satraps who’ve triggered their own downfall. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of satrap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for satrap

Middle English, from Latin satrapes, from Greek satrapēs, from Old Persian khshathrapāvan, literally, protector of the dominion

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“Satrap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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