sa·​tra·​py ˈsā-trə-pē How to pronounce satrapy (audio)
plural satrapies
: the territory or jurisdiction of a satrap

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By early February, Belarus had become a satrapy. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 The transcript reinforced Moscow’s lie that Ukraine is a decadent Western satrapy. The Economist, 12 Oct. 2019 Havana will not want to give up its oil-producing satrapy in Latin America. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of satrapy was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Satrapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Apr. 2023.

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