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- n. Alternative spelling of vizier.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See vizier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The title of various high officials in Mohammedan countries, especially of the chief ministers of state.
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In later times the vizir was a black slave of Ghaleb, and much detested for his pride and despotic conduct.
Enough of my “liberal whining” (I will condescend to that description – harharhar) – and back to Sarkozy/Iznogoud (famous French comic book character from the 1960s-1970s, a scheming grand vizir who is constantly thwarted in his efforts to be “califf instead of the califf”) Apart from the ambition they actually look alike.
He instantly applied to the English ambassador at the Porte, as also to the French minister there, with whom he had made an acquaintance: they to the grand vizir: and an or-der was issued for setting the doctor at liberty.
And no sooner was his father buried and the ceremonies over that marked his accession to the throne, than the young man hastened to throw off his robes of state, and calling to his vizir to make ready likewise, stole out in the simple dress of a private citizen into the less known streets of the capital.
So the grand-vizir went back to the bridge; gave the blind beggar first a piece of money and then a blow, delivered the Caliph's message, and rejoined his master.
He sent for the vizir, and asked what had become of the palace.
Now here it must be related that when the Caliph went upstairs with the plate of fish he ordered the vizir to hasten to the palace and bring back four slaves bearing a change of raiment, who should wait outside the pavilion till the Caliph should clap his hands.
The vizir was at once attracted by the young man's superior air and intelligent conversation, and perceiving that he had gained much experience in the course of his travels, he said,
The vizir who accompanies the Caliph was also a real person of the great family of the Barmecides.
These words caused the prince to open his eyes with languid curiosity, and Marzavan seized this moment to pay him his compliments, contriving at the same time to express the condition of the Princess of China in terms unintelligible, indeed, to the Sultan and his vizir, but which left the prince in no doubt that his visitor could give him some welcome information.