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grandee

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgrandeegran‧dee /ɡrænˈdiː/ noun [countable]  1 POLITICSa politician of the highest social class who has a lot of influence2 HIGH POSITION OR RANKa Spanish or Portuguese nobleman of the highest rank, in the past
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grandeeMuch of his downfall came from an over-zealous and extravagant interpretation of his role and duties as a landowner and grandee.And corruption is condoned by powerful grandees in government and business.The grandees of sport and theatre are distressed.This is doubtful: the electorate, being composed of ordinary people, is less impressionable than Tory grandees.
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