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

Other Words from statesman

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

Examples of statesman in a Sentence

He was a soldier and statesman.
Recent Examples on the Web Smith, a fraternity brother of George W. Bush’s and long-time fixture on Capitol Hill, has been the influential CEO statesman, going back to his efforts at air cargo deregulation. Jena Mcgregor, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar was famously stabbed to death at the Curia of Pompey on the ides of March in 44 BCE. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Apr. 2022 The prominent role of Macron, who is seeking to become the dominant European statesman after the retirement of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and faces a reelection campaign in a matter of weeks, will not go unnoticed inside or outside of France. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 The statesman set out to develop a standard procedure for preparing turkeys with static electricity collected in Leyden jars. Timothy J. Jorgensen, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2021 But a leader from the statesman’s wing of the GOP (maybe even—swoon—Paul Ryan) could translate Trumpian grievance mongering into a populist platform that would clobber Hillary Clinton in the fall. Timothy Shenk, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 In 1948, George Marshall, the statesman behind the Marshall Plan, warned that unless the U.S. intervened in Europe, the struggle for democracy would be lost by default. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2022 On paper, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems like a humble statesman with a modest income. Mahnoor Khan, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2022 Instead of acting like a statesman in the midst of a growing crisis, Cruz took what has become the road more traveled, trying to score points, provoke an emotional response, and perhaps get noticed, approvingly, in the farthest fringes. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of statesman

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Statesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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

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: a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader

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