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Pronunciation:  im'portnt 'pursun

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[n]  a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
 Synonyms: influential person, personage
 See Also: adult, behemoth, big cheese, big shot, big wheel, bigwig, celebrity, colossus, dignitary, elder statesman, Excellency, famous person, figure, fixer, giant, grownup, head honcho, heavy hitter, heavyweight, high muckamuck, high-muck-a-muck, high-up, influence peddler, kingpin, magnificio, name, panjandrum, policy maker, pooh-bah, power broker, public figure, sacred cow, sirdar, socialite, sun, titan, top banana, very important person, VIP, worthy



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 Related Terms: baron, big gun, big man, big name, bigwig, brass, brass hat, celebrity, chief, constellation, cynosure, dean, dignitary, dignity, doyen, doyenne, elder, Establishment, father, figure, folk hero, galaxy, great man, hero, heroine, high priest, idol, immortal, interests, kingfish, kingpin, leader, lion, lords of creation, luminaries, luminary, magnate, man of mark, master, master spirit, mogul, nabob, name, notability, notable, panjandrum, person of note, person of renown, personage, personality, pillar of society, pleiad, pop hero, popular hero, popular idol, power, power elite, principal, public figure, ruling circle, sachem, senior, social lion, somebody, something, star, superior, superstar, the great, the top, top brass, top dog, top people, tycoon, very important person, VIP, worthy