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- n. A female autocrat; especially, in historical contexts, the enlightened despot Catherine II the Great, empress and autocratrix of all the Russias (reigned 1762–1796).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A female sovereign who is independent and absolute; -- a title given to the empresses of Russia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female sovereign who is independent and absolute: a title sometimes given to a reigning empress of Russia.
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But he found that it was too late to remonstrate against what had been* done, when a strong enthusiasm in favour of Catharine was become general and she had been solemnly and almost unanimously proclaimed autocratrix or sole sovereign ruler of the empire.