Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various state officials or functionaries in the Byzantine Empire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An accountant; under Constantine, an officer of the empire; a receiver of revenue; an administrator of a department.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Properly, an accountant; hence, an officer of the Byzantine empire, who might be
  • n. the public treasurer
  • n. the head of any administrative department, or
  • n. the chancellor of the empire.
  • n. In the Gr. Ch., the chancellor or keeper of the patriarchal seal of the Patriarch of Constantinople.

Etymologies

From mediaeval Latin logotheta, from Ancient Greek λογοθέτης (logothetēs, "auditor of accounts"), from λόγος (logos, "account") + stem of τιθέναι (tithenai, "set") + -της (-tēs) agent suffix. (Wiktionary)

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  • Teddy Roosevelt, who considered Woodrow Wilson a bloviating weakling, adopted a policy of describing him as a "logothete." This was an administrative position in the Byzantine civil service but TR chose to interpret it as an insult, much as politicitians these days will snarl "bureaucrat" as an ultimate expression of contempt. Roosevelt had recently gone through a trial for defamation by another Republican politician who objected to some things that TR had written about him. Teddy was looking for a contumelious epithet that was not actionable.

    September 4, 2014