- 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 statesmen
Once revealed, these statesmen shockingly defended the move as part of their effort to streamline government.Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff On Congressional Travel Disclosure
July 4, 2014
Over the past 25 years, “a Europe whole, free and at peace,” has been the mantra of statesmen on both sides of the Atlantic.How the ‘Realists’ Misjudged Ukraine
March 3, 2014
FDR saw history as a struggle to enhance democracy, a struggle to be advanced not by statesmen alone, but by all of us.Portrait of FDR as a Young Man: How He Became a Radical
Harvey J. Kaye
October 17, 2013
The distinguished fellowship, with its scientists and statesmen, sets a high bar.In Praise of Clip-on Ties
The Daily Beast
May 30, 2013
As a Firm, we are investors, not statesmen or policy makers.Cerberus to Sell Stake in Gunmaker Freedom Group
December 18, 2012
It produced no great generals and statesmen and no famous Kings.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Why have there been statesmen who have never ruled, and heroes who have never conquered?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
By 1490 statesmen were already alarmed at the progress made by enclosure.The Enclosures in England
Emilio Castelar, one of Spain's most noted orators and statesmen.
In the Gorgias too the statesmen reappear, but in stronger opposition to the philosopher.Meno
- 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 statesmen
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