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They may be a sovereign state, but their neighbor’s threats forced their decision.
  of a person:  a nation’s ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
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sovereign sovereigns sovereignly
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  • They may be a sovereign state, but their neighbor’s threats forced their decision.
  • ...the first seven words of our Constitution—We the People of the United States —accurately reflect our founding belief that governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed" and the fact that that the sovereign will of the people of the United States was expressed in the Constitution itself and in our ongoing system of government created by it.
    John R. Bolton  --  American Justice and the International Criminal Court  -- 06/29/06)
  • conspiring with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign lord the king,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • Sovereign of Egypt, hail!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra

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  • I Arrest thee of high treason, in the name of our most sovereign king.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • Thou shalt have charge and sovereign trust herein.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • All health, my sovereign lord!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Gracious sovereign
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • The unlimited democracies were unstable because their citizens were not responsible for the fashion in which they exerted their sovereign authority 
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • He was royal, sovereign, set apart from everyone.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite

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  • I rode in a few events at the Sovereign Bank Arena.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Maxon Schreave, your sovereign.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • And the idea entreats me once more, to wonder if something like love is forever victorious, truly conquering all, or if there are those who, like me, remain somehow whole and sovereign, still live unvanquished.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • We chose to crown one man to be our sovereign, to guide us, to uphold us—not to rule, but to serve.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I had been here before, as a week-old infant brought to meet my sovereign, but not since.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • I am sure it was only his mad and sovereign stoicism that prevented him from falling into suicidal despair.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "I pledge myself to our rightful sovereign, the King, sir," Mr. Robert said.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Have ye an objection to loyal subjects contributing their mite in support of their sovereign?
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The sovereigns will not be able to endure this man who is a menace to everything.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • On the contrary, I have half a sovereign for you if you will give me a clear answer to my questions.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I owe you my real good, my present happiness; and all the sovereigns of the earth, even Caesar Borgia himself, could not deprive me of this.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ’The Church of St. Monica,’ said I, ’and half a sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.’
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • If they were going to die in Japan, at least they could take a path that they and not their captors chose, declaring, in this last act of life, that they remained sovereign over their own souls.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Sikes, snatching it from him, hastily opened it; and proceeded to count the sovereigns it contained.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Oh, my beautiful sovereign, a hundred times, thanks!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • And with that much introduction, that and a couple of sovereigns flung upon the table, he took up his quarters in the inn.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • People still went on talking about truth and beauty as though they were the sovereign goods.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • He grinned at Nately sarcastically as he sat between both naked girls in smug and threadbare splendor, with a sovereign hand on each.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I was handing him the half-sovereign, when something came bobbing up against the window, and Mr. Bilder’s face doubled its natural length with surprise.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • [Picking up a half-sovereign] Aasaaaaaaaaah— ow—ooh!
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • And she noticed the man — Heathcliff it was, she felt certain: nob’dy could mistake him, besides — put a sovereign in her father’s hand for payment.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • If you won’t, my name is Alexander Smollett, I’ve flown my sovereign’s colours, and I’ll see you all to Davy Jones.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • The field was next door to the very apartment complex where the shooter lived, which Luma now knew was also considered the sovereign territory of a street gang—a gang that now seemed to be embroiled in conflict with some of her own (now former) players.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He, the sovereign lord and master of a world which grinds the bodies and souls of human beings into dollars—if he could come into the world this day and see the things that men have made in his name, would it not blast his soul with horror?
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • " "It cannot have said ’scrubbing,’ " said the barber, "but ’superhuman’ or ’sovereign.’
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • If any of you still hold regard for your rightful sovereign, the all-knowing, all-powerful King Galbatorix, then flee!
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Fed by the queen’s saliva, the roots of the fungus worked their way down the sleeping sovereign’s throat and strangled her heart.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • He is Homer, the sovereign poet; the next who comes is Horace, the satirist; Ovid is the third, and the last is Lucan.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • It had of course sprung up from the half-sovereigns which had fallen out of Uncle Andrew’s pocket when he was turned upside down; just as the silver had grown up from the half-crowns.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • Go beg thy sovereign father, even at dawn, to have the mule cart and the mules brought round to take thy body-linen, gowns and mantles.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Both your majesties Might, by the sovereign power you have of us, Put your dread pleasures more into command Than to entreaty.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • I am speaking to those among you who have retained some sovereign shred of their soul, unsold and unstamped: ’-to the order of others.’
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I rather think You have not sought her help; of whose soft grace, For the like loss I have her sovereign aid, And rest myself content.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • He that’s coming Must be provided for: and you shall put This night’s great business into my despatch; Which shall to all our nights and days to come Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • He traced down the sovereign remedies of the Incas and started a smart trade in pills.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • I began my discourse by informing his majesty, that our dominions consisted of two islands, which composed three mighty kingdoms, under one sovereign, beside our plantations in America.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The only possible acknowledgment of any of the longings and wants of a human and immortal creature, which are given to him, comes to him through the sovereign and irresponsible will of his master; and when that master is stricken down, nothing remains.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I am not quite clear whether these articles were carried penitentially or ostentatiously; but I rather think they were displayed as articles of property,—much as Cleopatra or any other sovereign lady on the Rampage might exhibit her wealth in a pageant or procession.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Javert’s content shone forth in his sovereign attitude.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • —Four shining sovereigns, Buck Mulligan cried with delight.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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