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des·pot

 (dĕs′pət)
n.
1. A ruler with absolute power.
2. A person who wields power oppressively; a tyrant.
3.
a. A Byzantine emperor or prince.
b. An Eastern Orthodox bishop or patriarch.

[French despote, from Medieval Latin despota, from Greek despotēs, master; see dem- in Indo-European roots.]

des·pot′ic (dĭ-spŏt′ĭk) adj.
des·pot′i·cal·ly adv.

despot

(ˈdɛspɒt)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an absolute or tyrannical ruler; autocrat or tyrant
2. any person in power who acts tyrannically
3. (Historical Terms) a title borne by numerous persons of rank in the later Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires: the despot of Servia.
[C16: from Medieval Latin despota, from Greek despotēs lord, master; related to Latin domus house]
despotic, desˈpotical adj
desˈpotically adv

des•pot

(ˈdɛs pət, -pɒt)

n.
1. a king or other ruler with absolute, unlimited power; autocrat.
2. any tyrant or oppressor.
3. a title applied to a Byzantine emperor, and later to Byzantine vassal rulers and governors.
[1555–65; < Greek despótēs master; compare host1]
des•pot•ic (dɪˈspɒt ɪk) des•pot′i•cal, adj.
des•pot′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.despot - a cruel and oppressive dictatordespot - a cruel and oppressive dictator  
czar - a person having great power
potentate, dictator - a ruler who is unconstrained by law

despot

noun tyrant, dictator, totalitarian, Big Brother, oppressor, control freak, autocrat, monocrat He described the president as a ruthless despot.

despot

noun
1. An absolute ruler, especially one who is harsh and oppressive:
2. One who imposes or favors absolute obedience to authority:
Translations
طاغٍ، مُسْتَبِد
despotatyran
despotdiktatortyran
despotakényúrzsarnok
einræîisherra
despotasdespotiškaidespotiškasdespotizmas
despots
despota
despot

despot

[ˈdespɒt] Ndéspota mf

despot

[ˈdɛspɒt] n (= tyrant) → despote mf

despot

n (lit, fig)Despot(in) m(f)

despot

[ˈdɛspɒt] ndespota m

despot

(ˈdespot) , ((American) -pət) noun
a person (usually the king or ruler of a country) with absolute power, often a tyrant.
deˈspotic adjective
deˈspotically adverb
ˈdespotism (-pə-) noun
absolute power or tyranny.
References in classic literature ?
One evening, at a bridal party (but not her own; for, so lost from self-control, she would have deemed it sin to marry), poor Alice was beckoned forth by her unseen despot, and constrained, in her gossamer white dress and satin slippers, to hasten along the street to the mean dwelling of a laboring-man.
like machines, they dumbly moved about the deck, ever conscious that the old man's despot eye was on them.
When I have been travelling up and down on our boats, or about on my collecting tours, and reflected that every brutal, disgusting, mean, low-lived fellow I met, was allowed by our laws to become absolute despot of as many men, women and children, as he could cheat, steal, or gamble money enough to buy,--when I have seen such men in actual ownership of helpless children, of young girls and women,--I have been ready to curse my country, to curse the human race
An earthly despotism would be the absolutely perfect earthly government, if the conditions were the same, namely, the despot the perfectest individual of the human race, and his lease of life perpetual.
I'll get admitted there, and I'll stir up mutiny; and you, three-tailed bashaw as you are, sir, shall in a trice find yourself fettered amongst our hands: nor will I, for one, consent to cut your bonds till you have signed a charter, the most liberal that despot ever yet conferred.
As if a benevolent despot might not by any error of judgment destroy his kingdom, and then say, like Romeo when he got his friend killed,
This great citizen, so liberal to the world about him, so kindly inspired with love for his native place, is a despot in his own house, and utterly devoid of conjugal affection.
Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.
If I were to meet that most unparalleled despot in the streets to-morrow, I would fell him like a rotten tree
The Emperor of Morocco is a soulless despot, and the great officers under him are despots on a smaller scale.
She was a dreadful old despot, this princess; she could not allow equality in anything, not even in friendship of the oldest standing, and she insisted on treating Mrs.
Hilbery exclaimed, "what a wicked old despot you were, in your day