The Closing Word: Potentate

The Closing Word: PotentateThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (PO-ten-tate)

a ruler who is unconstrained by law

From “A potentate is a person so powerful that he or she doesn’t have to follow the rules that govern everyone else. Potentate normally refers to a king or dictator, but you can call anyone with virtually unlimited power a potentate.”

“The corrupt head of the department of parking and traffic was true potentate, doling out fines and fee forgiveness at whim.”


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