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"Some historians believe Darth is a contraction of dark and Sith, while others suggest it was a corruption of daritha, an ancient Rakatan word for 'emperor.' In any event, the honorific Darth was introduced to the Sith Lords."
―Darth Sidious teaches Maul the history of the Sith[src]

Daritha was a Rakata word that meant emperor. It was believed by many that the Sith title Darth stemmed from this word. The Cronese language adopted the word after the fall of the Rakatan Infinite Empire, and Daritha came to mean Ruler of Worlds[1] and it was taken as a title by the Human Xim the Despot.[2]

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