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 for arbiter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     Note: In modern usage, arbitrator is the technical word.
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     2. Any person who has the power of judging and determining,
        or ordaining, without control; one whose power of deciding
        and governing is not limited.
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              For Jove is arbiter of both to man.   --Cowper.
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     Syn: Arbitrator; umpire; director; referee; controller;
          ruler; governor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Arbiter \Ar"bi*ter\, v. t.
     To act as arbiter between. [Obs.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: someone with the power to settle matters at will; "she was
           the final arbiter on all matters of fashion" [syn:
           arbiter, supreme authority]
      2: someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue; "the
         critic was considered to be an arbiter of modern literature";
         "the arbitrator's authority derived from the consent of the
         disputants"; "an umpire was appointed to settle the tax case"
         [syn: arbiter, arbitrator, umpire]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "arbiter":
     JP, Justice, amateur, arbiter elegantiarum, arbiter of taste,
     arbitrator, authority, bencher, bon vivant, cognoscente, collector,
     connaisseur, connoisseur, critic, dilettante, epicure, epicurean,
     expert, good judge, gourmand, gourmet, his honor, his lordship,
     his worship, impartial arbitrator, indicator, judge, justice,
     magistrate, maven, moderator, referee, refined palate, third party,
     umpire, unbiased observer, virtuoso

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ARBITER. One who, decides without any control. A judge with the most
  extensive arbitrary powers; an arbitrator.

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