• A full portrait of the statesman
    A full portrait of the statesman
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n statesman a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Statesman A man versed in public affairs and in the principles and art of government; especially, one eminent for political abilities. "The minds of some of our statesmen , like the pupil of the human eye, contract themselves the more, the stronger light there is shed upon them."
    • Statesman A small landholder.
    • Statesman One occupied with the affairs of government, and influential in shaping its policy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n statesman A man who is versed in the art of government, and exhibits conspicuous ability and sagacity in the direction and management of public affairs; a politician in the highest sense of the term.
    • n statesman One who occupies his own estate; a small landholder.
    • n statesman Synonyms See politician.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Statesman a man acquainted with the affairs of government: one skilled in government: one employed in public affairs: a politician: one who farms his own estate, a small landholder
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  • Adlai E. Stevenson
    “A wise man who stands firm is a statesman, a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    “A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.”
  • James Freeman Clarke
    James Freeman Clarke
    “A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.”
  • Harold Macmillan
    “At home you always have to be a politician. When you're abroad you almost feel yourself a statesman.”
  • Adlai E. Stevenson
    “A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.”
  • Harry S Truman
    “A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estat (Fr. état)—L. status, from stāre, stātum, to stand.


In literature:

But, bigot as he was in matters of faith, Philip's temper was that of a statesman, not of a fanatic.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
The Leader and Statesman III.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Complete Linked Table of Contents to the Six Volumes" by Hippolyte A. Taine
The great statesman had made a political solitude about him.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
A noted Philadelphia philosopher and statesman.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, V. 5, April 1878" by Various
The support of a Southern statesman of like authority might have done much to give finality to the settlement.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
In the art of the statesman it is a constant policy.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
William was a born statesman.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
At Bahia I was introduced to a Brazilian statesman.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Mr. Walpole was almost the only statesman in the House who spoke out boldly against it.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
He was indisputably the greatest statesman of his age and nation.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord

In poetry:

Said Statesman Z to Statesman A:
"The deficit each moment waxes;
This is no time for us to fail—
We will decree a tax on taxes."
"The Final Tax" by Ellis Parker Butler
A nobler lot is thine — to breed
The soldier, singer, statesman, sage,
The guardians in a future age
Of England in her hour of need.
"Songs Of The City" by Cicely Fox Smith
Who, wise as brave, yielded his conquered sword
At a vain war's surcease,
And spoke, thy champion still, the statesman's word
In the calm halls of peace;
"M. W. Ransom" by John Charles McNeill
And shall not His memory to Britain be dear,
Whose example with envy all nations behold;
A Statesman unbiass'd by int'rest or fear,
By pow'r uncorrupted, untainted by gold?
"The Pilot That Weath'd The Storm" by George Canning
Much-honor'd Statesman, Husband, Father, Friend,
A generous nation's grateful tears are thine;
E'en unborn ages shall thy worth commend,
And never-fading laurels deck thy shrine.
"On The Death of General Washington" by Thomas Gent
Sage, seer and statesman, wise in ev'ry art;
First to behold, and first to preach, the truth;
Soldier and patriot, in whose mighty heart
Throbb'd the high valour of eternal youth.
"Theodore Roosevelt" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

Tim Griffin San Antonio Express-News Mark Rosner Austin American-Statesman Jeff Walker Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
The Statesman-Journal has a story about a woman holding a hunger strike on the Capitol steps in order to protest the planned deployment of Oregon's 41st BCT this spring.
Location The Statesman Cap 10K start line is at Barton Springs Road and South Congress Avenue near the Austin American-Statesman.
Ralph Barrera is a photographer for the Austin American-Statesman.
Randy Riggs is a sports reporter at the Austin American-Statesman.
The Idaho Statesman Michael Deeds column.
I'm linking here to the Statesman-Journal's version because it includes a reference to the Checkpoint One Foundation.
Idaho Stampede forward Mildon Ambres fights for a loose ball with Reno Bighorn Andre Emmett Monday Dec 26, 2011 at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise DARIN OSWALD — Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman.
Ricardo Gandara is a general assignments reporter in the news section of the Austin American-Statesman.
He's worked for the American-Statesman since 1990, and was previously a features writer in the Life & Arts section where he also wrote a family column.
Rick Cantu, for better or worse, has written sports for the Statesman since 1990.
Idaho Stampede forward Paul Carter attacks the lane defended by Rio Grande Valley Viper Marcus Morris Friday Feb 3, 2012 at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise DARIN OSWALD — Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman.
Kevin Robbins writes about sports for the Austin American-Statesman.
Dale Roe is the Austin American-Statesman's "Go-To Guy" for useful information, producing guides on everything from allergies to local events to personal productivity.
Austin American-Statesman Cedric Golden column.

In science:

Plato, Statesman (dialogue), in Plato: Complete works, edited by J. M.
What constitutes a simple liquid?