despotism


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des·pot·ism

 (dĕs′pə-tĭz′əm)
n.
1. Rule by or as if by a despot; absolute power or authority.
2. The actions of a despot; tyranny.
3.
a. A government or political system in which the ruler exercises absolute power.
b. A state so ruled.

despotism

(ˈdɛspəˌtɪzəm)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the rule of a despot; arbitrary, absolute, or tyrannical government
2. arbitrary or tyrannical authority or behaviour

des•pot•ism

(ˈdɛs pəˌtɪz əm)

n.
1. the rule of a despot.
2. absolute power or control; tyranny.
3. an absolute or autocratic government.
4. a country ruled by a despot.
[1720–30; < French despotisme.]

despotism

1. a form of government with a ruler having absolute authority; autocracy.
2. a system ruled by a tyrant or dictator having absolute, usually oppressive power. — despot, n.despotic, adj.
See also: Government

despotism

A form of government in which power is held by a single ruler and is often used tyrannically.
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Noun1.despotism - dominance through threat of punishment and violencedespotism - dominance through threat of punishment and violence
ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, dominance, control - the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"
2.despotism - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)despotism - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
autocracy, autarchy - a political system governed by a single individual
police state - a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police)

despotism

noun tyranny, dictatorship, oppression, totalitarianism, autocracy, absolutism, autarchy, monocracy a prototypical example of political despotism

despotism

noun
1. A government in which a single leader or party exercises absolute control over all citizens and every aspect of their lives:
2. A political doctrine advocating the principle of absolute rule:
3. Absolute power, especially when exercised unjustly or cruelly:
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despotism

[ˈdespətɪzəm] Ndespotismo m

despotism

[ˈdɛspətɪzəm] n (= tyranny) → despotisme m

despotism

nDespotie f; (as ideology) → Despotismus m

despotism

[ˈdɛspətɪzm] ndispotismo
References in classic literature ?
The despotism of heaven is the one absolutely perfect government.
He was kept, to be sure, rather cross and crusty; but on the whole I could see he was excellently entertained, and that a lamb-like submission and turtle- dove sensibility, while fostering his despotism more, would have pleased his judgment, satisfied his common-sense, and even suited his taste less.
She could not indeed imitate his excess of subservience, because she was a stranger to the meanness of mind, and to the constant state of timid apprehension, by which it was dictated; but she bore herself with a proud humility, as if submitting to the evil circumstances in which she was placed as the daughter of a despised race, while she felt in her mind the consciousness that she was entitled to hold a higher rank from her merit, than the arbitrary despotism of religious prejudice permitted her to aspire to.
A mind occupied with the prejudices of the old coercive despotism can naturally only see in the new a modification of the old, instead of, as my system is, an entire reversal or abandonment of it.
But in its construction the Convention immediately perceived that they must retrace their steps, and fall back from a league of friendship between sovereign States to the constituent sovereignty of the people; from power to right--from the irresponsible despotism of State sovereignty to the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence.
Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left.
History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.
An ELECTIVE DESPOTISM was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.
The more openly this despotism proclaims gain to be its end and aim, the more petty, the more hateful and the more embittering it is.
At the time I embarked on the Abraham Lincoln, the whole of this island had risen in insurrection against the despotism of the Turks.
Aware of their danger, the rulers resolved to avert it by an imposing display of strength, and perhaps to confirm their despotism by yet harsher measures.
This sort of government was no better than an absolute despotism.