arbiter

arbiter, arbitrator
Arbiter, a more literary word (16c), is now restricted to the meaning ‘a judge or authority’ as in an arbiter of taste. For the meaning ‘a person appointed to settle a dispute’, the slightly older form arbitrator (15c) is now the correct word to use, although the meanings overlap and arbiter is still often found in this meaning. Examples: (arbiter)

• She was not so much an arbiter of fashion as she was fashion itself —D. Halberstam, 1979

• The great nineteenth-century critic and arbiter of taste, John Ruskin —L. Hudson, 1985

• Harley then insisted that the tournament director, who is the ultimate arbiter at professional tournaments, be summoned —M. Hamer, 1991

• (arbitrator) Either party may apply to have the dispute referred to arbitration by the judge or by an outside arbitrator —R. C. A. White, 1985

• Edward insisted on intervening in the succession dispute…not as an impartial arbitrator, but as feudal overlord of Scotland —Oxford Companion to British History, 2002.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Arbiter — Ar bi*ter, n. [L. arbiter; ar (for ad) + the root of betere to go; hence properly, one who comes up to look on.] 1. A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them. [1913 Webster] Note: In modern usage,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Arbĭter — (lat.), Schiedsrichter. A. datus, Richter, welchen der Prätor in Sachen bonae fidei ernannte, um nicht nach vorgeschriebenen Formeln (wie beim Judex), aber nach den Gesetzen, zu entscheiden; A. receptus, der von den Parteien durch… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • Arbiter — Arbiter, lat., der Schiedsrichter …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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