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empress

1. the wife or widow of an emperor
2. a woman who holds the rank of emperor in her own right
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Anisimov provides so much detail that he seems to be on intimate terms with each of the empresses, and his portrait of Catherine the Great [1762-1796], that "dazzling woman," is the masterpiece of the five (239).
Noting that a few past empresses have taken on ''new roles'' and had ''experiences that have been historical firsts,'' she just said, ''I always pray that I, too, shall be given the strength to bear the changes that time brings and to make unerring judgments in their midst.
I have heard that from the beginning of the earliest dynasties, the perpetuation of sacrifices to the state and the handing down of blessings to descendants all were due to empresses and consorts.