Adjective "kingmaker" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A person who brings leaders to power through the exercise of political influence.
  1. 'He is seen as a potential kingmaker and wields considerable power already in managing parliamentary business and pulling MSP levers on its committees.'
  2. 'Apparently, the Kurds are the kingmakers at the moment.'
  3. 'What the Democrats do have is a mother lode of celebrity kibitzers, hangers-on, wannabes, kingmakers, cause-stars and flirts.'
  4. 'Most likely the right-wing majority calculated that their presence at the speech would have focused attention on their unprecedented role as kingmakers in the presidential contest.'
  5. 'As a founder of the southern wing of the Republican Party, he became a presidential kingmaker and a key figure in turning courts back to the right.'
  6. 'Labour came into the election clinging onto power by just one seat - thanks to help from the Lib Dems, who acted as kingmakers with their four councillors.'
  7. 'Now with his foray into the electoral area, he has the makings of a political kingmaker.'
  8. 'Historians know it too as the home of Tudor kingmakers, of Georgian kings and of the artists who followed in their train.'
  9. 'It was a commercial flop, but made waves with critics and industry kingmakers.'
  10. 'He said it was the rights of the kingmakers to enthrone whosoever as per their tradition, and only present him formally to the administration as a collaborator in that society.'

More definitions

1. a person who has great power and influence in the choice of a ruler, candidate for public office, business leader, or the like.

More examples(as adjective)

"trials can be kingmaker."

"people can be kingmaker."

"fronts can be kingmaker."


Used originally with reference to the Earl of Warwick (see Warwick, Richard Neville).