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An absolute ruler; a despot.

[Greek autarkhos, self-governing, autarch; see autarchy1.]


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an absolute ruler
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Following the dog's trail through underground passages beneath the guild tower leads him to Valeria, a young woman and only child who has been cloistered for centuries in a courtyard called the Atrium of time while waiting to be summoned by the autarch.
Severian promises his obedience to Apian, who gives him advice and promises to teach him how to kill the autarch.
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