Potentate

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Potentate (from the Latin potens, 'powerful') is a term for a person with potent, sometimes supreme, power. In modern English the term is used to describe people with much political or business power.

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The term is used by some translations of the Bible to describe Jesus: it can be found in the King James Version translation of 1 Timothy 6:15. One example of this use is in the hymn "Crown him with many crowns" in which Jesus is described as "potentate of time"

Originally, it designated the absolute monarch of a great state, and was synonymous with autocrat, which was also used as a title. From the negative connotations of such rule, mainly in the Orient, derives its generalized use for the head of any totalitarian or abusive regime, as a synonym for despot, dictator, or tyrant.

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