Definitions

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  • n. One who, or that which, controls, governs, or determines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, controls, governs, or determines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who controls, directs, or governs.

Etymologies

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overrule +‎ -er? over- +‎ ruler?

Examples

  • Then lo did proofe, the overruler of opinions make manifest, that all these are but serving sciences; which as they have [each] a private end in themselves, so yet are they all directed to the highest end of the mistresse knowledge by the Greeks [called] architectonike {30}, which stands as I thinke, in the knowledge of a mans selfe, in the Ethike and Politique consideration, with the end of well doing, and not of well knowing onely.

    Defence of Poesie

  • But when by the balance of experience it was found, that the astronomer looking to the stars might fall into a ditch, that the inquiring philosopher might be blind in himself, and the mathematician might draw forth a straight line with a crooked heart: then lo, did proof the overruler of opinions make manifest that all these are but serving sciences, which, as they have each a private end in themselves, so yet are they all directed to the highest end of the mistress knowledge, by the Greeks called

    English literary criticism

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