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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 ?
The public is despotic in its temper; it is capable of denying common justice when too strenuously demanded as a right; but quite as frequently it awards more than justice, when the appeal is made, as despots love to have it made, entirely to its generosity.
they have absolute control; they are irresponsible despots.
One hundred and seventy-three despots would surely be as oppressive as one.
Artists have visited despots, not as subjects to be tyrannised over, but as wandering wonder-makers, as fascinating vagrant personalities, to be entertained and charmed and suffered to be at peace, and allowed to create.
At a public meeting in the Town-hall yesterday, I had the pleasure of hearing myself insulted by the speaker opposed to me in the question under discussion, by allusions to my private affairs; by cant about monsters without natural affection, family despots, and such trash; and when I rose to answer, I was met by a shout from the filthy mob, where the mention of your name enabled me at once to detect the quarter in which this base attack had originated.
The Emperor of Morocco is a soulless despot, and the great officers under him are despots on a smaller scale.
Sensible despots have never confined that precaution to women: they have taken their whips with them when they have dealt with men, and been slavishly idealized by the men over whom they have flourished the whip much more than by women.
After he was gone, Dorothea dwelt with some agitation on this indifference of his; and her mind was much exercised with arguments drawn from the varying conditions of climate which modify human needs, and from the admitted wickedness of pagan despots.
Under the primeval despots of Egypt, history honestly confesses that man must have been as free as culture could make him.
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.
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.