Pronounced: ZAN-thick, adj
Notes: Another word that is a stranger to me
The word satrap is
- a governor of a province in ancient Persia
- a subordinate ruler or official
The word came into English in the late 1300s
Background / Comments
This is quite a traveled word: It came from the Latin word satrapes, which came from Greek. It came to Greek from the old Persian word khshathrapavan (protector of the province), which is a combination of khshathra- (province) and pava (protector).