statesman

noun
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.

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Colorado Independent The fourth-longest-serving state lawmaker, Tillie Bishop, who died earlier this month, is remembered as a statesman. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: What we’ve learned (so far) at the Democratic debates in Miami," 27 June 2019 It must be said that for a keenly intelligent statesman of stirring, almost unparalleled, private eloquence, public speaking was not exactly a strong suit. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: The Real George H.W. Bush," 5 Dec. 2018 For the authors, the Founders are best understood as wise and gifted statesman and not theorizing revolutionaries. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 The characters are found in a poem penned more than 1,200 years ago by Ōtomo no Yakamochi, a statesman and poet who wrote about an early spring day and the opening of plum blossoms. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Soon we’ll all be living in the imperial Reiwa era. What’s that?," 29 Apr. 2019 But Ataturk’s legacy as a statesman who transformed a majority Muslim nation into a secular republic has been largely erased from the public debate. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "A Craze for Atatürk Gives New Cachet to Turkey’s Founding Father," 22 Feb. 2019 Senior statesman Kim Yong Nam, the head of North Korea's parliament, set the relatively softer tone for the event with an opening speech that emphasized the economic goals of the regime, not its nuclear might. Fox News, "The Latest: China's Xi congratulates N. Korea on anniversary," 9 Sep. 2018 The Library of Congress has digitized its collection of Franklin’s papers, including approximately 8,000 of his personal letters, scientific drawings, and documents from his career as a statesman and diplomat. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "More of Ben Franklin to love: 8,000 of his papers are now digitized online," 17 Apr. 2018 Since launching a diplomatic initiative at the start of the year, Kim has gone out of his way to present himself as an international statesman. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul? It would be surreal challenge," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of statesman

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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statesman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of statesman

: a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader

statesman

noun
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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