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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.
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meî harîstjórn; meî einræîi


[desˈpɒtɪkəlɪ] ADVdespóticamente
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[dɛsˈpɒtɪklɪ] advdispoticamente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
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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.
'By the stroke of the respondent's pen, it despotically abolishes the privileges and benefits MC 2009-019 is giving to commuters and patrons of UV Express Service - that is the privilege of disembarking on their desired destination within two kilometers radius,' the petition read.
Then the navigator notes that their "chief rules despotically", cows his people with a mere glance, and enforces social ranks (64).
"In this case, it is not shown that the NLRC exercised its judgment whimsically, arbitrarily or despotically by reason of passion and hostility considering that its findings are supported by substantial evidence," the ruling read.
Qaribabadi appreciated the IAEC Director General and his team in the Secretariat for their efforts with regard to the verification measures related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and said, "It is, indeed, heartening to see such an overwhelming support for the continuation of the implementation of the JCPOA by all sides, despite the unilateral withdrawal of a party to the deal, who is despotically and arrogantly exerting pressure on others to follow suit and back down on their commitments under the UNSC Resolution, not to name under the very DEAL; therefore, I would like to seize the opportunity and appreciate them for their invaluable continued support."
He appeared eager to dispel concerns that he would govern despotically, saying his government would be a "defender of the constitution, democracy and liberty."
"This is another example of the distorted view of the despotically acting boss.
The fate of a whole nation, the efforts of our heroes past, and the progress of our renascent democracy thus hang in the balance on the altar of ego-tripping and cold-blooded calculations to despotically cling to power.
Today in Catalonia there is a clear dissociation between the democratic will of citizens and the central government, which has set out to take over the people's institutions and control them despotically. Spain's government has entered Catalonia with a determination to interfere in the educational curriculum, to control the media, to put our police force at its service, to convert the country into just one more province of a divided Spain that does not tolerate national plurality, to crush any dissidence, however democratic, and to kill any hope of dialogue.
In so doing, her study contributes to blurring the distinction that traditionally has represented the Spanish Empire as the opposite of the British colonies, the former being ruled despotically and the latter being characterized by political representation and a large degree of self-rule.
This is the worst pattern of Sherman's professional life, the pattern buried in his Memoirs and resisted by so many of his biographers: when given military power over civilians, he used it despotically, with a ruthless bloodlust shared by almost none of his contemporaries.
Here, British liberals found themselves confronted by the unfortunate need--the "terrible necessity" as The Economist expressed it--to rule despotically in the name of liberalism.