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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.despotic - belonging to or having the characteristics of a despot
2.despotic - ruled by or characteristic of a despot; "moved from a feudal to a despotic order"; "his administration was arrogant and despotic"
undemocratic - not in agreement with or according to democratic doctrine or practice or ideals; "the union broke with its past undemocratic procedures"
3.despotic - characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute ruledespotic - characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty; "an authoritarian regime"; "autocratic government"; "despotic rulers"; "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war"; "a tyrannical government"
undemocratic - not in agreement with or according to democratic doctrine or practice or ideals; "the union broke with its past undemocratic procedures"
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despotic

adjective tyrannical, authoritarian, dictatorial, absolute, arrogant, oppressive, autocratic, imperious, domineering, monocratic The country was ruled by a despotic tyrant.
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despotic

adjective
2. Characterized by or favoring absolute obedience to authority:
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Translations
طُغْياني، اسْتِبْدادي
despotický
despotiskdiktatorisk
despoottinenitsevaltainen
önkényuralmizsarnoki
einræîis-; harîstjórnar-
zorbaca

despotic

[desˈpɒtɪk] ADJdéspota
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despotic

[dɪˈspɒtɪk] adj (= tyrannical) [power, regime, government] → despotique
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despotic

adj, despotically
adv (lit, fig)despotisch, herrisch
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despotic

[dɛsˈpɒtɪk] adjdispotico/a
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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.
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