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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The chief treasurer of a Turkish province, sometimes acting as lieutenant of the governor-general; also, anciently, the Turkish minister of finance.


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  • Sari Mehmed Pasha (d. 1717), chief of the Ottoman treasury (defterdar), wrote an important book of advice on governance (Nesayih ul-vuzera), in which he analyzed administrative corruption and called for strong leadership to reform the system.


  • The "tefterdars" or "defterdars" were provincial registrars and treasurers under the supreme defterdar, or Chancellor of the Exchequer.] *****

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 2


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