The definition of a despot is a ruler who has absolute power, especially when the ruler is cruel in his exercise of power.(noun)
An example of a despot is an evil dictator.
See despot in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: OFr despote < Gr despotēs, a master, lord < IE *dems-potis, lit., house master < *dem-, house (> timber, L domus) + *potis, master, husband (> L potis, potent, Goth -faths, husband)
See despot in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: French despote
Origin: , from Medieval Latin despota
Origin: , from Greek despotēs, master; see dem- in Indo-European roots.
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