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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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AFTER Brexit the UK will be isolated and at the mercy of potentates like Donald Trump, especially so with his favourite, Boris, at No 10.
these are skills that must carry him through conspiracy, political intrigue, seduction, torture and murder to a bloody climax among Bologna's corrupt potentates in the bizarre world they create for themselves high in that city's legendary medieval towers.
This happened not only in big cities but also in constituencies dominated by feudal potentates.
They will now be able to devour triple-size burgers with extra chips, all at the expense of our EU potentates.
When Assad falls, I hope Saudi's vile potentates follow.
Summary: Algeria is aware that a border closure with the neighboring Morocco is no longer a wise choice in the light of the earthshaking metamorphose that swept the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and led to the fall of ozymandias like potentates in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, respectively.
Expressing deep disappointment at the present state of affairs during Sunday sermon in Bkirki today, the Patriarch stated that it would be rather impossible for the present momentum of subservience to potentates to continue unabated.
That remains to be seen, of course, but with the nation continuing to rely on oil for the foreseeable future - and overseas sources often inconveniently mixed up with potentates and power politics - Americans should draw some comfort from the knowledge that more of the answer to our energy needs lies right beneath our feet.
While some clubs may have to face up to the harsh reality of an ailing economy, there are others, backed by oligarchs and potentates - Chelsea and Manchester City come to mind - whose overflowing treasure chests fund vastly overpriced transfers, distorting the market for everybody else struggling to catch up.
Not bowing to foreign potentates was what 1776 was all about.
In the present financial market, oligarchs and middle eastern potentates whose personal wealth is greater than that of small nations, could buy up large tracts of the British isles, along with titles, and become feudal lords.
Most familiar to readers of DIRECTORS &BOARDS will be the work published in the last decade by myself (Pawns and Potentates: The Reality of Corporate Boards with Elizabeth Maclver [1989] and Back to the Drawing Board: Designing Corporate Boards for a Complex World with Colin Carter [2004]) and by Rakesh Khurana (Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charistmatic CEOs [2002]), and numerous articles in DIRECTORS & BOARDS Harvad Business Review, and other publications by myself and colleagues like Elilzabeth Mentgomery Krishna Palepu, John Quelch, William Sahlnan, and Walter Salmon.