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 Netanyahu has tried to portray himself as a statesman who is uniquely qualified to lead the country through challenging times. NBC News, "Israelis vote in unprecedented third election in less than a year," 2 Mar. 2020 On Thursday, Chilima urged Malawians to remain peaceful and challenged Mutharika to show the qualities of a true statesman. Gregory Gondwe,, "Malawi court nullifies presidential vote, orders new one," 3 Feb. 2020 The softness, grace, and modesty idealized in the diminutive figures, their robes, drapery, head coverings, and hairstyles contrasted with the austere depiction of male figures: classical Greek gods, statesmen and soldiers. National Geographic, "These lovely little statues enchanted ancient Greece," 29 Jan. 2020 Dave At 92, Lal Krishna Advani still occasionally attempts to play the nation’s elderly statesman. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "LK Advani: Hindu nationalism’s original poster boy who could not reap what he sowed," 8 Nov. 2019 The statesman’s work mainly features landscapes and seascapes inspired by the bright colors of Impressionists like Claude Monet, per KATC. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Winston Churchill’s Little-Known Art," 4 Feb. 2020 Rather than exalting the gods or statesmen, these quiet statues were an intimate look into the lives of everyday women and their children, an experience which is often not reflected in the literature of the time. National Geographic, "These lovely little statues enchanted ancient Greece," 29 Jan. 2020 Churchill was quite the greatest statesman that Britain had ever produced. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Fighting Back Tears, Winston Churchill’s Grandson Exits Politics and Chides Boris Johnson," 4 Sep. 2019 Being starry-eyed about politicians and statesmen, though, takes a special kind of sanskar (culture). Harish C Menon, Quartz India, "By only praising the dead politician, you are being the worst kind of fake," 26 Aug. 2019

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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 31 Mar. 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 \

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: a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader

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