machthebber

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: macht‧heb‧ber

Noun[edit]

machthebber m (plural machthebbers, diminutive machthebbertje n)

  1. someone who holds power
    Onderhandelingen met de lokale machthebber liepen op niets uit.
    Negotations with the local man in charge proved futile.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word can be used for democratically elected (and appreciated) leaders, but has a somewhat negative connotation because it is more often associated with dictators and warlords.