VCR Lesson 4 Presentation

Yasmine Ruiz

Fill in the Blank

In The Hunger Games, President Snow is a _________ who controls the Capitol and the districts of Panem with his limitless dictatorial powers.
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Definition

potentate (n.)

monarch; a ruler possessing great power

Roots

possum, posse, potui (L.) "to have power"

Synonyms

  • emperor
  • sultan
  • despot
  • sovereign

Antonyms

  • servant
  • commoner
  • subject

How to remember the word:

"Potent" means strong.

A potentate has strong powers.

The Evil Queen orders the Huntsman to take Snow White into the woods and kill her!!!

Practice!

Pick the sentence where the word in bold is used incorrectly.


a) In The Lion King, after his father Mufasa dies, Simba becomes the new potentate and rules over all of the Pride Lands.

b) Cinderella's wicked stepsisters constantly order her about, using their potentate powers to make sure she does their bidding.

c) In Frozen, Elsa becomes a potentate after her parents perish and she ascends to the throne/

d) Chinese revolutionary potentate Mao Zedong controlled the Red Guards, youths who supported his policies by carrying out attacks on old Chinese culture and people.