- a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs.
- a person who exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues.
Origin of statesman
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1. See politician.
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Examples from the Web for statesman
In Canning he found, or rather projected, “a genius, almost a universal one, an orator, a wit, a poet, a statesman.”Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy
February 16, 2014
“Statesman and savants, builders and even priests are their servants,” intoned Time.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
January 26, 2014
And yet her call for a plebiscite smacks as much of political despair than a statesman's conviction.Dilma Rousseff’s Dilemma
July 7, 2013
Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian writer and statesman who changed African literature forever, has died at the age of 82.Chinua Achebe Dies: Beyond ‘Things Fall Apart,’ And His Best Books
The Daily Beast
March 22, 2013
They remember “RN,” as they call him, as a statesman, a hero, a peacemaker.Richard Nixon’s 100th Birthday Draws Kissinger & Others to Schmaltzy Bash
January 10, 2013
It was then that his great career as a European statesman really began.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.
In politics, an imaginary rat-pit in which the statesman wrestles with his record.
A statesman who shakes the fruit trees of his neighbors —to dislodge the worms.
This dashing young Barnacle, in a word, was likely to become a statesman, and to make a figure.Little Dorrit
- a political leader whose wisdom, integrity, etc, win great respect
- a person active and influential in the formulation of high government policy, such as a cabinet member
- a politician
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Word Origin and History for statesman
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