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POTENTATE. One who has a great power over, an extended country; a sovereign.
     2. By the naturalization laws, an alien is required, before he can be naturalized, to renounce all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereign whatever.

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Such a good little wife," repeated the patronising potentate, again patting my hand with an air of understanding all about it, "really an excellent little wife.
These potentates had two principal anxieties: the one, that no foreigner should enter Italy under arms; the other, that none of themselves should seize more territory.
Last year it was Indian Potentates, the year before it was actors, this year it is millionaires.
Incohonees and Imperial Potentates of the ancient and honorable orders
But no time was then For long indulgence to their fears or grief: Unanimous they all commit the care And management of this man enterprise To him, their great Dictator, whose attempt At first against mankind so well had thrived In Adam's overthrow, and led their march From Hell's deep-vaulted den to dwell in light, Regents, and potentates, and kings, yea gods, Of many a pleasant realm and province wide.
Then Chief Rabban(First Vice President) Robert Herbert, approached Howard Swango, Director of the Stage Band and proposed a monthly dance night at the center during his term in 2015 as Potentate (President) of the Syria Shriners.
He may retain the multi-million pounds salary, five-star hotel rooms, chauffeur-driven limos and all the other jet-set perks of an elderly potentate, but in reality Blatter is a busted flush.
Richard Hannon appears to have found a good opening for Potentate in the rewards4racing.
10) precisely identified an underlying problem: "Inside the church the local bishop still reigns as an unchecked potentate .
At Lagerfeld and Chanel's launch of his exhibition "The Little Black Jacket" at the Swiss Institute Wednesday, the ponytailed potentate was followed by a staffer from catering company Olivier Cheng, whose sole task was holding a silver tray with one full glass of Pepsi Max in case The Kaiser found himself dehydrated.
Mike Cook, Potentate, Oasis Shriners, Fred Laxton, Chief Rabban, Oasis Shriners and Ron Valentine, Shriners Hospital Coordinator, Oasis Shriners.
will head Mr "Ma'am, it's King Kam-El-Shagga, the fabulously wealthy Arab potentate," announced Sir Tarquin.