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potentate

noun [C]     /ˈpəʊ.tən.teɪt/ US  /ˈpoʊ.t̬ən-/ literary
a ruler who has a lot of power, especially one whose power is not limited, for example by the existence of a parliamentPowerful people and dictators
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