Origin of potentateMiddle English potentat from Late Latin potentatus from LL(Ec), power, rule from Classical Latin potens: see potent
Alfred the Great was a potentate in Wessex, England during the time of the Viking raids.
The definition of a potentate is a ruler or someone with power.
An example of a potentate is a king.
- One who has the power and position to rule over others; a monarch.
- One who dominates or leads a group or an endeavor: industrial potentates.
Origin of potentateMiddle English potentat from Old French from Late Latin potentātus from Latin power from potēns present participle of posse to be able ; see potent .
- Valdemar was now, after the king of England, the most powerful potentate in the north of Europe.
- The flight of the tsarevich to a foreign potentate was a reproach and a scandal.
- Each petty potentate strove for his own private advantage in the confusion; and at this epoch the chief gains accrued to the papacy.
- The last of the native princes who had real authority was a potentate known as Dom Pedro V.
- Nearly a quarter of a century later Prester John appears upon the scene, in the character of a Christian conqueror and potentate who combined the characters of priest and king, and ruled over vast dominions in the Far East.