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1Frequently ironic or humorous. Any grand or powerful person, council, authority, etc. Compare High Mightiness. Now rare.
2Depreciative. A person from the Netherlands. Now archaic and rare.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Ford (bap. 1586, d. a1653), playwright. From Dutch hoogmogend (adjective) high and mighty, also in specific use designating the States General of the Netherlands and in corresponding use as noun from hoog + mogend mighty.
hogen mogen/ˌhəʊɡ(ə)n ˈməʊɡ(ə)n/
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