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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.
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despotism

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

A form of government in which power is held by a single ruler and is often used tyrannically.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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)
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despotism

noun tyranny, dictatorship, oppression, totalitarianism, autocracy, absolutism, autarchy, monocracy a prototypical example of political despotism
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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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Translations
اسْتِبْداد، حُكْم اسْتِبْدادي
despotismuskrutovláda
despotidespotismetyranni
despotizam
harîstjórn; einræîisvald
専制
despotizmus
zorbalık

despotism

[ˈdespətɪzəm] Ndespotismo m
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despotism

[ˈdɛspətɪzəm] n (= tyranny) → despotisme m
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despotism

nDespotie f; (as ideology) → Despotismus m
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despotism

[ˈdɛspətɪzm] ndispotismo
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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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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.
Whoever rejects it does, of necessity, fly to anarchy or to despotism. 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.