One who possesses power.

I give thee charge in the sight of God..., who is the blessed and only POTENTATE, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. ( 1 Timothy 1:1 Jeremiah 6:13 Jeremiah 15 )

Source: A King James Dictionary. (Used with permission. Copyright © Philip P. Kapusta)

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"Entry for 'Potentate'". A King James Dictionary.


po'-ten-tat (dunastes, "mighty one," from dunamai, "to be able"):

A person who possesses great power and authority. Only in 1 Timothy 6:15, "the blessed and only Potentate" (= God). The same Greek word is used of Zeus in Sophocles (Ant. 608), and of God in Apocrypha (e.g. Sirach 46:5; 2 Macc 15:3,13). It is used of men in Luke 1:52 (the King James Version "the mighty," the Revised Version (British and American) "princes") and Acts 8:27 ("of great authority").

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'POTENTATE'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.  

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