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Straf•ford  (strafərd),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Biographical1st Earl of (Thomas Wentworth), 1593–1641, English statesman: chief adviser of Charles I of England.

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    Strafford /ˈstræfəd/ n
    1. Thomas Wentworth, Earl of. 1593–1641, English statesman. As lord deputy of Ireland (1632–39) and a chief adviser to Charles I, he was a leading proponent of the king's absolutist rule. He was impeached by Parliament and executed

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