potentate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n potentate a ruler who is unconstrained by law
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At age seventy, 73% of men are still potent.
    • n Potentate One who is potent; one who possesses great power or sway; a prince, sovereign, or monarch. "The blessed and only potentate .""Cherub and seraph, potentates and thrones."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Australia's box jellyfish has toxins more potent than the venom in cobras, and is one of the most dangerous jellyfish in the world
    • n potentate A person who possesses power or sway; a prince; sovereign; monarch; ruler.
    • n potentate A power; state; sovereignty.
    • n potentate A trade-name of an explosive consisting of a mixture of finely divided guncotton (about 45 to 65 per cent.) with potassium nitrate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medication prescribed for individuals (usually children) who have an abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.
    • Potentate one who possesses power: a prince
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Quotations

  • Eric Hoffer
    Eric%20Hoffer
    “We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.”
  • Norman Schwarzkopf
    Norman Schwarzkopf
    “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt%20Whitman
    “The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.”
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky
    “What force is more potent than love?”
  • Noel Coward
    Noel Coward
    “Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.”
  • Steven Biko
    Steven Biko
    “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. potentatus, fr. potentare, to exercise power: cf. F. potentat,. See Potent (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. potenspotis, able, esse, to be.

Usage

In literature:

Another of the potent enemies of books is fire.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
His influence, when once established, is more potent even than that of a war chief.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866" by Various
Thus the psychic healing forces are ever potent, so long as the patient has faith in the treatment employed.
"Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery" by Robert Means Lawrence
This, of course, means by reference to the system of potent energy in which our organism essentially consists.
"Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge" by Alexander Philip
What potent instruments may these become in accomplishing the ruin of the whole being, for time and eternity!
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The whole idea and feeling of state sovereignty, once as potent North as South, had vanished and been forgotten.
"America First" by Various
Never has it been less potent than his.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
Opinion exercises a more potent influence than reason.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Well, well, I don't know which is more potent with monarchs, woman or dynamite.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
Pray, spare us when you, in your time, shall have become a potent magician.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
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In poetry:

Of my fears too dread revival!
Yet, with tearful joy I see,
Duty is the only rival
Potent over love and me.
"To Henry, Written to a Russian Air" by Amelia Opie
So potent is this heather here,
That under skies of blue,
I seem to breathe the atmosphere
That William Wallace knew.
"Heath from the Highlands" by Henry Kendall
"Alas, sweet maid, love's potent charm
I cannot beg or buy,
I cannot wrest it from the wind
Or steal it from the sky--"
"I Whispered To The Bobolink" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
At life's most testing moment, when
the grieving heart's replete,
a prayer that is most potent then
I call up and repeat.
"Prayer" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Save they who potent magic learn,
Who lonely in that dreaded fane
Resist nine days the awful powers:
And, fasting, each through pain may earn
The knowledge daring mortals gain,
If life survive those secret hours!
"The Mystic Isle Of The "Land Of The North Wind"" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
The surging tide of the prairie rolled its billows of blossom
Against her mighty walls, and beat at her hundred gates;
The riches of all the world were poured into her bosom,
Kings were her mighty men, and lords, and potentates.
"The Burning of Chicago" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

MESQUITE — Getting advice from his Heisman Trophy-winning uncle, Tim Brown, Mesquite Poteet junior receiver Kody Edwards has blossomed into a key part of Poteet's potent offense.
When game planning for a potent offense like Lawrence, the conventional wisdom says to establish a running game to keep the ball out of the opposing quarterback's hands.
The tract is adjacent to land owned by the potent.
Although not a well-known car company, tiny Mosler Automotive in Riviera Beach, Florida, has been building potent, lightweight, terrifically ugly performance cars since the mid-'80s.
Six months after the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, one of its most potent acoustic features has yet to be fully appreciated.
It's one of the most colorful plants around right now, but one of the most potent.
Is the marijuana of today more potent than the pot smoked decades ago.
One of the claims made by opponents of the legalization measures is that the marijuana of today is much more potent than the pot smoked decades ago.
Trying to seize the initiative on a politically potent issue, Senate Democrats will propose setting annual targets for national spending on health care as part of a new legislative effort to restrain soaring health costs.
Westminster's Potent Offense Defeated Sherwood 62-28 In Regional Championship.
Food 'potently delicious ' at Cheech's in Port St Lucie.
Denard & Devin Show provides legs and arm for a potent Michigan attack.
6 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers that much more potent on Thursday night.
Of one thing, however, he may be very certain: Some of the most potent of those currents spring from the general rise in human standards, attendant upon the growth in income that I mentioned a moment ago.
DU's Bill Tierney says North Carolina can't stop his team, but Tar Heels are equally potent.
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In science:

In this procedure the velocity field is reconstructed using the POTENT algorithm, and its divergence compared with the galaxy density field from IRAS (a d-d comparison).
Panel Review: Reconstruction Methods and the Value of $\beta$
The best nonrel ativistic wave functions are calculated from the Schrödinger equation using a potent ial adjusted to fit the NN scattering data for lab energies from 0 to 350 MeV.
The deuteron: a mini-review
This is the so-called density-velocity relation, which might be of observational interest in measuring the density parameter Ωm from the velocitydensity comparison through the POTENT analysis (e.g., Bertschinger & Dekel 1989).
Evolution of Cosmological Density Distribution Function from the Local Collapse Model
With this unprecedented wealth of high resolution data, from optical to radio, fine studies of the dust content become possible and potent radiative transfer (RT) codes are needed to fully exploit the data.
Radiative transfer in protoplanetary disks
The search program identified a still more potent period at 0.6618 days.
Spectroscopic Binary Orbits from Photoelectric Radial Velocities - Paper 191: HD 17310, HD 70645 and HD 80731
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