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sovereign
used in Gulliver's Travels

3 uses
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Definition
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
  • 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.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (66% in)
  • Then turning to his first minister, who waited behind him with a white staff, near as tall as the mainmast of the Royal Sovereign, he observed "how contemptible a thing was human grandeur, which could be mimicked by such diminutive insects as I: and yet," says he, "I dare engage these creatures have their titles and distinctions of honour; they contrive little nests and burrows, that they call houses and cities; they make a figure in dress and equipage; they love, they fight, they...
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (36% in)
  • But, as to the formality of taking possession in my sovereign's name, it never came once into my thoughts; and if it had, yet, as my affairs then stood, I should perhaps, in point of prudence and self-preservation, have put it off to a better opportunity.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (97% in)

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