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She was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion.
  someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation


someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
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arbitral arbitrator arbiter arbitrators arbiters
Strongly Associated with:   arbitration
Synonym Comparison:  Arbiter and arbitrator can both denote one who helps settle disputes, but arbitrator is a better choice for one who acts in an official capacity while  arbiter is a better choice for one whose influence is unofficial.
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  • She was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion.
  • every man is the arbiter of his own virtues
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • As the sole arbiter of each of the conditions, I can tell you that they have all been met and exceeded.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • The land will be the final arbiter of human conflict; no matter how intense the conflict, the victory of earth and grave will be undeniable and complete.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • I looked upon them as superior beings who would be the arbiters of my future destiny.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The Riders of old were arbiters of justice above and beyond the leaders of their time.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Once such an equation is effectively made, society becomes a congerie of plots and counterplots, and the main role of government changes from that of the arbiter to that of the scourge of God.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • From her position as healer, her hands had grown sure and cool and quiet; from her position as arbiter she had become as remote and faultless in judgment as a goddess.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Cicero is an arbiter in thought, just as Brutus is an arbiter by the sword.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • An assembly can be called and arbitrators will decide whether compensation is due to either Albriech or Thane.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest

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  • No, it was easier to shift the responsibility to Aunt Pitty, who after all was the head of the house, the chaperon and the arbiter of morals.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Let him be arbiter, as he desires, between Danaans and Trojans.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Both parties later swore to terms of peace set by their arbiter, Athena, daughter of Zeus who bears the stormcloud as a shield- though still she kept the form and voice of Mentor.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • This Kynes has arbiter authority from the Imperium.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • An arbitrator of disputes is no use to me.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Judge Narragansett is to act as our arbiter, hi case of disagreements.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Sonia looked in silence at her visitor, who was so attentively and unceremoniously scrutinising her room, and even began at last to tremble with terror, as though she was standing before her judge and the arbiter of her destinies.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Martial law enabled the army to assume the functions of arbitrator in the controversy, but no effort at conciliation was made.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Any soldier can be killed by the enemy in the heat of battle, by a weapon approved by the arbiters and rulemakers of warfare.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Princess Mary, in her position as absolute and independent arbiter of her own fate and guardian and instructor of her nephew, was the first to be called back to life from that realm of sorrow in which she had dwelt for the first fortnight.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • To whom these most adhere He rules a moment: Chaos umpire sits, And by decision more embroils the fray By which he reigns: next him, high arbiter, Chance governs all.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • About the will of the people being the wisest arbitrator and so on.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Here, by default, he’s actually an arbiter of the fashions, tastes, and habits of inner-city life that exert some sway over young blacks of any stripe.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • They were the arbiters of fashion, the Court of last Appeal, and they knew it, and bowed to their fate.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Watching an arbitrator publicly denounce Sloan’s offenses and then hang him would be no easy thing for her or, by extension, Roran.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • He was caught unawares and confronted with his judges, the arbiters of his destiny.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Her mind delighted itself with scenes of luxury and refinement, situations in which she was the cynosure of all eyes, the arbiter of all fates.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • And so he went on, putting values on ever so many more smashed figures, which, after the two arbitrators had adjusted them to the satisfaction of both parties, came to forty reals and three-quarters; and over and above this sum, which Sancho at once disbursed, Master Pedro asked for two reals for his trouble in catching the ape.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The arbiters of literary acceptance instantly branded our works as too political.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • Both must then abide by the decision of the arbitrator who is, of course, an Iranian man.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He wanted the commander to act as arbiter.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Our Church is the final arbiter of spiritual salvation.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The Population Registration Act labeled all South Africans by race, making color the single most important arbiter of individuals.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • To a disposition like Holgrave’s, at once speculative and active, there is no temptation so great as the opportunity of acquiring empire over the human spirit; nor any idea more seductive to a young man than to become the arbiter of a young girl’s destiny.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • And with regard to their influencing public manners, Miss Crawford must not misunderstand me, or suppose I mean to call them the arbiters of good-breeding, the regulators of refinement and courtesy, the masters of the ceremonies of life.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Three decades ago, Dr. Westlake, Julius Flickerbaugh the lawyer, Merriman Peedy the Congregational pastor and himself had been the arbiters.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • …the numerous family he had to educate and the straitness of his circumstances keeping him close to his trade; but I remember well his being frequently visited by leading people, who consulted him for his opinion in affairs of the town or of the church he belonged to, and showed a good deal of respect for his judgment and advice: he was also much consulted by private persons about their affairs when any difficulty occurred, and frequently chosen an arbitrator between contending parties.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • From the school of this man sprang, among others, Braccio and Sforza, who in their time were the arbiters of Italy.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • As respects Deerslayer, though he took a pride in showing his white blood, by often deviating from the usages of the red-men, he frequently dropped into their customs, and oftener into their feelings, unconsciously to himself, in consequence of having no other arbiters to appeal to, than their judgments and tastes.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • We argued, as we thought then rather logically, that no social class was so good, so true, and so disinterested as to be trusted wholly with the political destiny of its neighbors; that in every state the best arbiters of their own welfare are the persons directly affected; consequently that it is only by arming every hand with a ballot,—with the right to have a voice in the policy of the state,—that the greatest good to the greatest number could be attained.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • …while he was but too ready to accept the position that was almost immediately offered to him on his coming of age, and found, indeed, a subtle pleasure in the thought that he might really become to the London of his own day what to imperial Neronian Rome the author of the "Satyricon" once had been, yet in his inmost heart he desired to be something more than a mere arbiter elegantiarum, to be consulted on the wearing of a jewel, or the knotting of a necktie, or the conduct of a cane.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I later thought that at that moment, unknown to all of us, some power unknown to any of us, some arbiter of violence, was studying us surreptitiously, was opening up the barracks to the outside world, and all the beasts and centaurs and clumsy leviathans of that world, monster-eyed, deadly, impassioned, and famished for a chance to make a game of us, rushed invisibly to the center of the quadrangle for a glimpse of us, the four boys secretly in love with each other.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The states were thus to be the arbiters of federal authority.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • We could become the arbiter of Europe in America.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • For this reason she was called in, as arbiter and organizer, on all important occasions in life.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Because of Mother’s complete lack of regard for Father, I suddenly felt like an arbitrator.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • You shall remain the arbiter.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • "He is the arbiter of all disputes and no provision is made for an appeal from his decision," the Tribune reported.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • To reason from the past to the future, we shall have good ground to apprehend, that the sword would sometimes be appealed to as the arbiter of their differences.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But it was impossible to create an arbiter between a superior court of the Union and the superior court of a separate State which would not belong to one of these two classes.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
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