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  • n. Plural form of potentate.


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  • (Let me hasten to add, o Penguin potentates, that we also talked about Jon and Lane Smith's forthcoming Viking title Cowboy and Octopus.)

    East Side, West Side,

  • The usual assortment of Senators and media potentates is howling that the wiretaps are “illegal,” done “in total secret,” and threaten to bring us a long, dark night of fascism.

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  • Were the dresses of the ministers of those lately called potentates, who attended on that occasion, taken from the wardrobe of that property-man at the opera, from whence my old acquaintance,

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 06 (of 12)

  • Church has attained such greatness in temporal power, seeing that from Alexander backwards the Italian potentates (not only those who have been called potentates, but every baron and lord, though the smallest) have valued the temporal power very slightly — yet now a king of France trembles before it, and it has been able to drive him from Italy, and to ruin the Venetians — although this may be very manifest, it does not appear to me superfluous to recall it in some measure to memory.

    The Prince

  • 'potentates' continue to act with impudence and impunity.

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  • So the comm/sub/caucus potentates will put in what they want and say they can't support a bill without it.

    A Waste of Talent

  • And the popes of the late 15th and early 16th centuries were all engaged in a struggle with secular potentates — especially the kings of France and Spain — to defend the autonomy of the church.

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  • There may be (and likely are) Shakespeare/Euler level geniuses in our midst entirely unrecognized by the self-appointed potentates of our over-specialized disciplines.

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  • By doing so, what it really did was to allow the old Yankee traders to go wherever they wanted to go, build up businesses, and generally outdo and outsell the rest of the known world hampered by kings and queens and imperial potentates.

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  • One is phenethylamine, which triggers the release of pleasurable endorphins and potentates the action of dopamine, a neurochemical associated with sexual arousal and pleasure.

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  • ...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...

    paradise regained -Milton

    July 15, 2008

  • potentates of the establishment... Joe Cleary

    July 17, 2007