kingmaker definition

  • noun:
    • a person who has the governmental power to affect the selection of a candidate for high general public office.
    • a person who helps making a leader a force to reckon with, without having any desire to have the positioning by themselves.
    • One who tends to make kings; one who raises a porson to a royal throne: a title applied specifically to Richard Nevil, Earl of Warwick (died 1471), who had been the key representative to make Edward IV. king instead of Henry VI., and afterward in dethroning Edward and restoring Henry.
    • English statesman; during the War associated with the Roses he fought first for the household of York and secured the throne for Edward IV then changed edges to fight the home of Lancaster and guaranteed the throne for Henry VI (1428-1471)
    • an essential person who may bring frontrunners to run through the workout of political influence

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