- The definition of despotic is something associated with or typically attributed to a despot, or a cruel and oppressive ruler.
An example of despotic used as an adjective is the phrase despotic killing which is the act of killing anyone who disagrees with your political position.
Origin of despoticFrench despotique ; from Classical Greek despotikos
(comparative more despotic, superlative most despotic)
From Ancient Greek δεσποτικός (despotikos) via French despotique.