Origin of despoticFrench despotique from Classical Greek despotikos
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.
(comparative more despotic, superlative most despotic)
From Ancient Greek δεσποτικός (despotikos) via French despotique.
- In other cases a more despotic monarchy has grown up - the prowess of one man leading to the subjugation of other clans.
- Men thought him more cruel and more despotic than he actually was.
- The Prussian people were keenly irritated by the cordial relations between their court and the most despotic power in Europe.
- Was to establish Roman Catholicism, and to make himself despotic in England, with the help of the French king.
- The Internet is still able to be "turned off" by despotic rulers.