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Statesman

    The term '''statesman''' is a respectful term used to refer to diplomats politicians and other notable figures of state It is often used in the context of international or foreign affairs eg "a meeting of statesmen" Foreign ministers are often called statesmen for example while more local level officials such as mayors are not
    Whether or not an individual actually is a statesman is generally a matter of opinion although in some cases there is little controversy Politicians who are regarded as statesmen are usually old and popular with long distinguished careers
    The term most frequently refers to individuals associated with a governmental shift from monarchism to republicanism Generally one can use the word as an euphemism for politician When a politician retires he is often referred to as a "respected elder statesman" by his supporters

    Quote

    • Aristotle -- "What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions"