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satrap (SAY-trap, SAT-rap) noun

1. A governor of a province in ancient Persia.

2. A subordinate ruler or official.

[Middle English satrape, from Latin satrapes, from Greek satrapes, from Old Persian khshathrapavan, protector of the county.]

"No longer Hollywood's satrap in Germany, Mr Kirch is venturing into a new arena: digital television." Lion in winter, The Economist (London, UK), Mar 9, 1996.

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