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statesman

[steyts-muh n] /ˈsteɪts mən/
noun, plural statesmen.
1.
a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs.
2.
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
1585-1595
1585-95; state + 's1 + -man, modeled on steersman; compare the phrase ship of state
Related forms
statesmanlike, statesmanly, adjective
superstatesman, noun, plural superstatesmen.
unstatesmanlike, adjective
Usage note
See -man.
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  • It was then that his great career as a European statesman really began.

  • As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • In politics, an imaginary rat-pit in which the statesman wrestles with his record.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • A statesman who shakes the fruit trees of his neighbors —to dislodge the worms.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • This dashing young Barnacle, in a word, was likely to become a statesman, and to make a figure.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for statesman

statesman

/ˈsteɪtsmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a political leader whose wisdom, integrity, etc, win great respect
2.
a person active and influential in the formulation of high government policy, such as a cabinet member
3.
a politician
Derived Forms
statesman-like, statesmanly, adjective
statesmanship, noun
stateswoman, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for statesman
n.

1590s, after French homme d'état; see state (n.1) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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