Definition of statesman in English:



  • A skilled, experienced, and respected political leader or figure.

    • ‘The difference between a politician and a statesman is the degree of common sense and courage shown in difficult times.’
    • ‘An extraordinary spiritual leader and a courageous statesman is no more.’
    • ‘Not only politicians and statesmen have the opportunity to practice creative speech.’
    • ‘A politician thinks of the next race, a statesman of the next generation.’
    • ‘The statesmen and foreign dignitaries have departed - but the World Summit show is not quite over.’
    • ‘The two statesmen signed an agreement to establish a bi-national commission between South Africa and Brazil.’
    • ‘Minor world leaders get to be statesmen for a day, and tell their parliaments and electors that they are taking part in a world summit.’
    • ‘It's the outlaws and rebels that history often prefers to remember rather than the statesmen and leaders.’
    • ‘Now the attempt is being made to present him as a political statesman and martyr.’
    • ‘From now on, our leaders, our politicians, our statesmen will be fair game too.’
    • ‘He frequently dined out and, over the years, entertained a great variety of guests, from fellow impressionist artists to statesmen.’
    • ‘Responsible statesmen and stateswomen are not merely free, as sovereign rulers, to act in an expedient way.’
    • ‘For these are times when we expect our politicians to metamorphose into statesmen.’
    • ‘He called for more effort on the part of all statesmen, politicians and church leaders to resolve the schism in the Orthodox church.’
    • ‘He would like to see state and federal elected officials become statesmen not politicians.’
    • ‘Northcliffe travelled widely and consorted freely with statesmen and politicians not to mention royalty.’
    senior politician, stateswoman, respected political figure, elder statesman, political leader, national leader, grand old man, gom
    éminence grise
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Late 16th century: from state's man, translating French homme d'état.