- any of certain magistrates in Italy, as a chief magistrate in medieval towns and republics.
- a person appointed to serve as mayor of an Italian city during the Fascist regime.
Origin of podesta
1540–50; < Italian podestà power < Latin potestās power, command
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Examples from the Web for podesta
Podesta warned that opposition to natural gas is impractical and not grounded in reality.
Coming from Podesta—who previously headed the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress—them was fighting words.
Lobbying Discloure Act records show that Podesta billed the Centre for $510,000 for 2013.Ukraine’s D.C. Lobbyists in Disarray as Dictator Flees
February 25, 2014
“[John] Podesta was not sure that Obama felt anything, especially in his gut,” Woodward writes.Woodward: The Juicy Bits
September 22, 2010
But when it comes to the byline battles, no matter who is in the White House, Podesta and his allies face an uphill battle.The Right-Wing Op-Ed Insurgency
Samuel P. Jacobs
August 1, 2009
And this letter from the Podesta; who is to reply, or what is the reply to be?The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
I put the Magazine in my coat-pocket, and left him and the podesta.Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
And, in return, you demand our assent to your enjoying the rank of Podesta for five years?
Savelli, however, insisted on conducting the Podesta that was to be, to his apartment.
There was sometimes but one Podesta; sometimes one for each province.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66
John Lothrop Motley
- (in modern Italy) a subordinate magistrate in some towns
- (in Fascist Italy) the chief magistrate of a commune
- (in medieval Italy)
- any of the governors of the Lombard cities appointed by Frederick Barbarossa
- a chief magistrate in any of various republics, such as Florence
C16: from Italian: power, from Latin potestās ability, power, from posse to be able
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