The history of this word suggests that the old adage, “power corrupts,” must be true. It started out (in Greek) meaning “master of the house.” Then it denoted a Byzantine emperor or prince. Next, a bishop or patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church; next an Italian hereditary prince or military leader. These days, it’s a person who exercises power tyrannically.
(will our lexicons soon show the face of the one currently residing in the White House? Note: I did NOT use the p-word. He is not MY president!)
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