satrap

[ sey-trap, sa- ]
/ ˈseɪ træp, ˈsæ- /

noun

a governor of a province under the ancient Persian monarchy.
a subordinate ruler, often a despotic one.

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Origin of satrap

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin satrapa < Greek satrápēs < Old Persian khshathra-pāvan- country-protector
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British Dictionary definitions for satrap

satrap
/ (ˈsætrəp) /

noun

(in ancient Persia) a provincial governor
a subordinate ruler, esp a despotic one

Word Origin for satrap

C14: from Latin satrapa, from Greek satrapēs, from Old Persian khshathrapāvan, literally: protector of the land
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