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▪ But the Byzantine emperors were themselves no more trusting and would generally keep their foreign envoys in virtual isolation.
▪ In 1152, the first plan was revealed by the new emperor.
▪ The new emperor seems a shy, quiet man, an intellectual.
▪ The move may have been connected with the fact that the new emperor, Julius Nepos, was an eastern appointment.
▪ He was dying for a long time, then there was a year of mourning, now we have a new emperor.
▪ He explains that the whole calendar changes with a new emperor.
▪ Hadrian Road was named after the Roman emperor who, we agreed, must have genetically bequeathed to us some superlative qualities.
▪ A number of the Roman emperors were great patrons of building and endorsed and encouraged extensive schemes of architectural development.
▪ The deposition of Nepos and then that of Romulus Augustulus in 476 saw the end of the line of western Roman emperors.
▪ Atop their pillars round the Sheldonian Theatre, the busts of Roman emperors cast classically guarded looks at his retreating figure.
▪ He left with the boy's quilt across his shoulder, swaggering like a Roman emperor.
▪ He ought to be jolly, but in fact he's a bully, pettish, pampered like a Roman emperor.
▪ Anyone entering the shrine committed the insult of literally stepping on the head of the Roman emperor.
▪ One day I shall be married, to another Charles, who will become an emperor.
▪ In 962, Otto became emperor of Rome.
▪ You can't say that your reason for taking some one's life is because they might change if they become emperor.
▪ Clothes, the emperor thought, made him what he was.
▪ He seemed to thrive under prison conditions, which caused the emperors to suspect their guards of going easy on the prisoner.
▪ He was dying for a long time, then there was a year of mourning, now we have a new emperor.
▪ In retaliation, the emperor gathered fifty pagan scholars, then challenged her to a religious debate.
▪ It is no wonder that the emperor thought Albrecht Wallenstein a threat.
▪ The emperor, in particular, needed coronation.
▪ The coexistence in Francia of Louis and Lothar as co- emperors was possible so long as Lothar remained unmarried.
▪ There was never any question of dispensing with the services of an emperor.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Emperor \Em"per*or\, n. [OF. empereor, empereour, F. empereur, L. imperator, fr. imperare to command; in in + parare to prepare, order. See Parade, and cf. Imperative, Empress.] The sovereign or supreme monarch of an empire; -- a title of dignity superior to that of king; as, the emperor of Germany or of Austria; the emperor or Czar of Russia.

Emperor goose (Zo["o]l.), a large and handsome goose ( Philacte canagica), found in Alaska.

Emperor moth (Zo["o]l.), one of several large and beautiful bombycid moths, with transparent spots on the wings; as the American Cecropia moth ( Platysamia cecropia), and the European species ( Saturnia pavonia).

Emperor paper. See under Paper.

Purple emperor (Zo["o]l.), a large, strong British butterfly ( Apatura iris).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., from Old French empereor "emperor, leader, ruler" (11c.; accusative; nominative emperere; Modern French empereur), from Latin imperiatorem (nominative imperiator) "commander, emperor," from past participle stem of imperare "to command" (see empire).\n

\nOriginally a title conferred by vote of the Roman army on a successful general, later by the Senate on Julius and Augustus Caesar and adopted by their successors except Tiberius and Claudius. In the Middle Ages, applied to rulers of China, Japan, etc.; non-historical European application in English had been only to the Holy Roman Emperors (who in German documents are called kaiser), from late 13c., until in 1804 Napoleon took the title "Emperor of the French."


n. 1 The male monarch or ruler of an empire. 2 (''medieval political theory'') Specifically, the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire; the world-monarch. 3 A large, relatively valuable marble in children's games.

Emperor (disambiguation)

An emperor (from the Latin " imperator") is a type of monarch.

Emperor may also refer to:

Emperor (band)

Emperor is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands. The group disestablished in 2001, but reunited from 2005 to 2007 for a few festival dates and brief US tours, and again reunited in 2013 to 2014. The group was founded by Ihsahn (guitar/vocals) and Samoth (then, drums).

Emperor (dragonfly)

The emperor dragonfly or blue emperor (Anax imperator) is a large species of hawker dragonfly of the family Aeshnidae, averaging in length. It is found mainly in Europe and nearby Africa and Asia.

Emperor (solitaire)

Emperor (or The Emperor) is a Patience game which is played using two decks of playing cards.

Emperor (EP)
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Emperor (Baxter novel)

Emperor is the first book of four in Stephen Baxter's alternate history and science fiction series Time's Tapestry.


An emperor (through Old Frenchempereor from ) is a monarch, usually the sovereign ruler of an empire or another type of imperial realm. Empress, the female equivalent, may indicate an emperor's wife ( empress consort), mother ( empress dowager), or a woman who rules in her own right ( empress regnant). Emperors are generally recognized to be of a higher honour and rank than kings. In Europe the title of Emperor was, since the Middle Ages, considered equal or almost equal in dignity to that of Pope, due to the latter's position as visible head of the Church and spiritual leader of Western Europe. The Emperor of Japan is the only currently reigning monarch whose title is translated into English as "Emperor".

Both kings and emperors are monarchs, but emperor and empress are considered the higher monarchical titles. In so far as there is a strict definition of emperor, it is that an emperor has no relations implying the superiority of any other ruler, and typically rules over more than one nation. Thus a king might be obliged to pay tribute to another ruler, or be restrained in his actions in some unequal fashion, but an emperor should in theory be completely free of such restraints. However monarchs heading empires have not always used the title—the British sovereign did not assume the title until the incorporation of India into the British Empire, and used it to symbolise British control over all its territories, even those lying outside actual British India, the reason being that India was the jewel in the crown of the British Empire. Similarly before the 19th century the term Emperor in Europe referred exclusively to the Holy Roman Emperor, despite the fact that the empire neither contained Rome nor did it exercise much power beyond the German speaking states, by the late 16th century the empire itself came to mean the dynastic lands held by the Habsburgs and following the Thirty Years' War the Habsburg emperors control over the German states outside Habsburg Austria became nearly non-existent, the position of Emperor however continued till the early 19th century, before it was abolished by Francis II who became the first Emperor of Austria. For purposes of protocol, emperors were once given precedence over kings in international diplomatic relations; currently, however, precedence amongst heads of state – whether they be Kings, Queens, Emperors, or Presidents – is determined by the duration of time that each one has been continuously in office.

Outside the European context, emperor was the translation given to holders of titles who were accorded the same precedence as European emperors in diplomatic terms. In reciprocity, these rulers might accredit equal titles in their native languages to their European peers. Through centuries of international convention, this has become the dominant rule to identifying an emperor in the modern era.

Some empires, such as the Holy Roman Empire and the Russian Empire, derived their office from the authority of the Roman Emperors ( translatio imperii). The title was a conscious attempt by monarchs to link themselves to the institutions and traditions of the Romans as part of state ideology. Historians have liberally used emperor and empire anachronistically and out of its Roman and European context to describe any large state from the past or the present. Sometimes this reference has even extended to non-monarchically ruled states and their spheres of influence such as the " Athenian Empire" of the late 5th century BC, the " Angevin Empire" of the Plantagenets, the Soviet, and American "empires" of the Cold War era. However such "empires" did not need to be headed by an "emperor". Empire became identified instead with vast territorial holdings rather than the title of its ruler by the mid-18th century.

Emperor (novel series)

Emperor is an internationally acclaimed historical five-novel series by British author Conn Iggulden about the life of Roman statesman and general Gaius Julius Caesar. The five novels were published between 2003 and 2013:

  • The Gates of Rome - released 2003;
  • The Death of Kings - released early 2004;
  • The Field of Swords - released late 2004;
  • The Gods of War - released 2005;
  • The Blood of Gods - released May 2013.

The series was well received by critics but also drew comment that Iggulden sometimes changed historical facts in order to create a more thrilling narrative. This is acknowledged by Iggulden, and noted at the end of every novel. The most notable change in the main plot features Caesar and Brutus growing up as childhood friends (Brutus was in reality 15 years younger than Caesar and sometimes rumoured to be his son, though this is unlikely). This gives the series some complexities similar to the movie 1900, in which two boys who grow up together are shaped by their differences, culminating in diverging destinies on the Ides of March.

Apart from Caesar and Brutus, historical characters include: Gaius Marius, Cornelius Sulla, Mithridates VI of Pontus, Cinna, Cornelia, Pompey, Crassus, Cato the Younger, Spartacus, Crixus, Brutus' mother Servilia, Octavian and his mother Atia, Titus Annius Milo, Publius Clodius Pulcher, Vercingetorix, Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus, Lucius Sergius Catilina, Mark Antony, and Cleopatra VII of Egypt, who gives Caesar a son.

The book series is being adapted into a movie trilogy to be directed by Burr Steers. The first movie of the trilogy, Emperor: Young Caesar will be based upon the first two books.

Emperor (grape)

Emperor is a red Australian wine grape variety that is mainly grown as a table grape in South Australia and New South Wales but can be a blending component to fill out red blends. It is particularly well suited for hot climate viticulture.

Emperor (film)

Emperor is a 2012 American-Japanese post- World War II film directed by Peter Webber, marking his first film in five years. Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox star in lead roles as General Douglas MacArthur and Brigadier General Bonner Fellers respectively. It is a joint American and Japanese production.

Usage examples of "emperor".

Rykor found it aberrational that the Emperor could believe that poverty could be cured by putting the poor in uniforms.

I am ignorant by what arts they could determine the lofty emperor of the Greeks to abjure the catechism of his infancy, and to persecute the religion of his fathers.

I will never give peace to the emperor of Rome, till he had abjured his crucified God, and embraced the worship of the sun.

Zaginaws landed, till now, when he saw that man in black, who appeared to be the Eternal Emperor himself, abseil out the window.

Paris the Pope, who was still at Fontainebleau, determined to accede to an arrangement, and to sign an act which the Emperor conceived would terminate the differences between them.

Under the reign of Justinian, they acknowledged the god and the emperor of the Romans, and seven fortresses were built in the most accessible passages, to exclude the ambition of the Persian monarch.

Above two hundred and fifty years after the death of Trajan, the senate, in pouring out the customary acclamations on the accession of a new emperor, wished that he might surpass the felicity of Augustus, and the virtue of Trajan.

Claudius, was enacted as a legal claim, on the accession of every new emperor.

On the accession of Claudius, an old woman threw herself at his feet, and complained that a general of the late emperor had obtained an arbitrary grant of her patrimony.

Contenting themselves, for the most part, with the milder chastisements of imprisonment, exile, or slavery in the mines, they left the unhappy victims of their justice some reason to hope, that a prosperous event, the accession, the marriage, or the triumph of an emperor, might speedily restore them, by a general pardon, to their former state.

His fortunate son, from the first moment of his accession, declaring himself the protector of the church, at length deserved the appellation of the first emperor who publicly professed and established the Christian religion.

His defence was firm, his submission was not inglorious, and the emperor was content with an easy tribute, the demolition of his fortresses, and the acknowledgment, on his coins, of a supreme lord.

Othman emperor still accepts from Egypt a slight acknowledgment of tribute and subjection.

Josephine, who had kindly promised to apprise me of what the Emperor intended to do for me, as soon as she herself should know his intentions, sent a messenger to acquaint me with my appointment, and to tell me that the Emperor wished to see me.

April Ney, Macdonald, and Caulaincourt arrived at Fontainebleau to acquaint the Emperor with the issue of their mission, and the sentiments expressed by Alexander when they took leave of him.