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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ARBITER

It was terrible to be chosen in this way to be the arbiter of Destiny.

The event established Mary as the arbiter in her own coterie.

I, who had engaged as Conductor of the Set and found myself their Arbiter as well.

To an extent which no other animal has ever approached, man is the arbiter of his own destiny.

I felt this, and could, therefore, be at any moment the arbiter of my own freedom.

There is a feeling of freedom in being the arbiter of one's actions, to go where you will and when you will.

In his own heart he was loathing this role of arbiter and mentor.

As Gustavus was arbiter of the battle, there could be no doubt of the result.

Doria was the arbiter of fortune between the contending states.

Having got an upright judge, they must use him as the arbiter of their differences.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French arbitre or directly from Latin arbiter "one who goes somewhere (as witness or judge)," in classical Latin used of spectators and eye-witnesses, in law, "he who hears and decides a case, a judge, umpire, mediator;" from ad- "to" (see ad-) + baetere "to come, go." The specific sense of "one chosen by two disputing parties to decide the matter" is from 1540s. The earliest form of the word attested in English is the fem. noun arbitress (mid-14c.) "a woman who settles disputes."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ARBITER

arbitrator

nounsettler of a dispute
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