states·​man | \ ˈstāts-mən How to pronounce statesman (audio) \

Definition of statesman

1 : one versed in the principles or art of government especially : one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government or in shaping its policies
2 : a wise, skillful, and respected political leader

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Other Words from statesman

statesmanlike \ ˈstāts-​mən-​ˌlīk How to pronounce statesmanlike (audio) \ adjective
statesmanly \ ˈstāts-​mən-​lē How to pronounce statesmanly (audio) \ adjective
statesmanship \ ˈstāts-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce statesmanship (audio) \ noun

Examples of statesman in a Sentence

He was a soldier and statesman.
Recent Examples on the Web There are two other elder — though not supernaturally so — statesmen in the young men’s lives: the middle-aged billionaire Henry Wilcox (John Benjamin Hickey) and his longtime companion Walter (also played by Hilton, minus his British accent). Leah Greenblatt,, "The Inheritance is a funny, tender marathon drama: Review," 18 Nov. 2019 In this, as in much else, Himmelfarb echoed her first subject, the 19th-century British historian and statesman Lord Acton. Yuval Levin, National Review, "The Historian as Moralist," 31 Dec. 2019 An heir to his family’s oil fortune, Mr. Rockefeller styled himself a corporate statesman and personally knew many White House officials, including Mr. Carter. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "How Chase Bank Chairman Helped the Deposed Shah of Iran Enter the U.S.," 29 Dec. 2019 American statesmen of the late 18th century were obsessed with corruption. The Economist, "The politics and history behind Donald Trump’s impeachment," 12 Dec. 2019 His chosen outfit on the campaign trail is a dark-blue rain jacket, a crisp white shirt, and a black sweater: charismatic former statesman lending a hand to the cause. By Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Hugh Grant Is Living His Best British Election," 10 Dec. 2019 The nine-member committee—which included American inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin, astronomer Jean Bailly, chemist Antoine Lavoisier, and physician Joseph Guillotin—evaluated Mesmer protégé Dr. Charles d’Eslon. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019 At the same time the Constitution was being drafted, newspapers were covering the impeachment of a statesman named Warren Hastings for misconduct during his time the Governor General of India. Time, "What Are High Crimes and Misdemeanors? Here’s the History," 10 Dec. 2019 Trump, playing the role of statesman during his scripted opening remarks, offered condolences to Finland for a recent stabbing attack. Author: Toluse Olorunnipa, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Trump rides roller coaster of grievance and braggadocio as Finland’s leader looks on," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of statesman

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Statesman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of statesman

: a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader


states·​man | \ ˈstāts-mən How to pronounce statesman (audio) \
plural statesmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of statesman

: a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader

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