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1. A ruler with absolute power.
2. A person who wields power oppressively; a tyrant.
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.
باسْتِبْداد، بِصورَة طاغِيَه
zsarnoki módon
meî harîstjórn; meî einræîi


[desˈpɒtɪkəlɪ] ADVdespóticamente


[dɛsˈpɒtɪklɪ] advdispoticamente


(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 ?
Now these differ from each other; for some possess only kingly power regulated by law, and rule those who voluntarily submit to their government; others rule despotically according to their own will.
Or else they may try to continue ruling despotically, but this will definitely backfire and Gezi-type events may return, and this time there will not be a former President Abdullah GE-l or Deputy Prime Minister BE-lent Arync who will be able to convince to masses to go back home.
Ruling others despotically, subjecting their interests to one's own and denying them a role in the deliberation and decision-making that govern their lives, is ignoble and hence bad for the person who does it (VII.
Popes and kings alike ruled arbitrarily and despotically in the name of religion.
Today, democracy is so entrenched that there is no chance the government would act despotically in these ways.
Murray and Dollery (2006) comment that administrators sometimes acted despotically, without regard to logic and fairness, and the cost incurred of organisational restructures were often far in excess of any derived benefit.
198) Primus, supra note 8, at 286; see also Amsterdam, supra note 154, at 411 ("[I]ndiscriminate searches and seizures are conducted at the discretion of executive officials, who may act despotically and capriciously.
I am the nephew and only descendant of the ill-famed Chancellor and Leader of Germany who today so despotically seeks to enslave the free and Christian peoples of the globe.