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  • n. A chief ruler; a potentate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chief ruler; a potentate. [Obs.] Wyclif.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A potentate; a ruler.


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  • Galatarum gentem credere, in potestate parentum liberos esse.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • “Sancti Apostoli Petrus et Paulus, de quorum potestate et auctoritate confidimus ipsi intercedant pro nobis ad Dominum.”

    The Tudors: King Takes Queen

  • While previous scholarship stressed the affinity in form and content between De ecclesiastica potestate and the famous Bull Unam sanctam, Francisco Bertelloni (2004) holds that one should not overlook profound differences between the concepts of papal power that inspire the two texts.

    Giles of Rome

  • De ecclesiastica potestate, R. Scholz (ed.), Weimar 1929

    Giles of Rome

  • Scholarly discussion about De ecclesiastica potestate is still open.

    Giles of Rome

  • Much better known than De renuntiatione is Giles 'De ecclesiastica potestate, a treatise also composed in defense of Boniface VIII.

    Giles of Rome

  • An important sermon defending the papal position has been recently discovered by Concetta Luna, and Giles 'De ecclesiastica potestate undoubtedly ranks among the sources of Unam Sanctam.

    Giles of Rome

  • They stand under the right or power [sub potestate] of the sovereign, because they are held (psychologically) in its sway.

    Spinoza's Political Philosophy

  • El dilectum tuum e potestate canis — Ah! Audisti me inter cornua unicornium!

    Westward Ho!

  • [6807] Erasmus of such controversies: Pugnet qui volet, ego censeo leges majorum reverenter suscipiendas, et religiose observandas, velut a Deo profectas; nec esse tutum, nec esse pium, de potestate publica sinistram concipere aut serere suspicionem.

    Anatomy of Melancholy


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