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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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:
Translations
اسْتِبْداد، حُكْم اسْتِبْدادي
despotismuskrutovláda
despotidespotismetyranni
despotizam
harîstjórn; einræîisvald
専制
despotizmus
zorbalık

despotism

[ˈdespətɪzəm] Ndespotismo m

despotism

[ˈdɛspətɪzəm] n (= tyranny) → despotisme m

despotism

nDespotie f; (as ideology) → Despotismus m

despotism

[ˈdɛspətɪzm] ndispotismo

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 ?
The despotism of heaven is the one absolutely perfect government.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Many revolutions also have been brought about in oligarchies by those who could not brook the despotism which those persons assumed who were in power, as at Cnidus and Chios.
She knows her power, and she uses it too; but well knowing that to wheedle and coax is safer than to command, she judiciously tempers her despotism with flattery and blandishments enough to make him deem himself a favoured and a happy man.
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.
This sort of government was no better than an absolute despotism.
On the ancient monuments of barbarism and despotism I will inscribe great words of justice and mercy.
Then," Ernest answered, "you, and labor, and all of us, will be crushed under the iron heel of a despotism as relentless and terrible as any despotism that has blackened the pages of the history of man.
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.
Linking the 'Sangh's' ideology with that of Israel, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) leader said the unity of despotism, hatred and civil liberties have become unanimous.