Definition of EMPEROR


EMPEROR

an officer. This word is synonymous with the Latin imperator,
they are both derived from the. verb imperare. Literally, it signifies he
who commands.

2. Under the Roman republic, the title emperor was the generic name given
to the commanders-in-chief in the armies. But even then the application of
the word was restrained to the successful commander, who was declared
emperor by the acclamations of the army, and was afterwards honored with
the title by a decree of the senate. 3. It, is now used to designate some
sovereign prince who bears this title. Ayl. Pand. tit. 23.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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