Despot Definition

dĕspət
despots
noun
despots
An absolute ruler; king with unlimited powers; autocrat.
Webster's New World
Anyone in charge who acts like a tyrant.
Webster's New World
A title applied to certain classes of rulers, as Byzantine emperors or bishops of the Eastern Church.
Webster's New World
A Byzantine emperor or prince.
American Heritage
The definition of a despot is a ruler who has absolute power, especially when the ruler is cruel in his exercise of power.
An example of a despot is an evil dictator.
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Other Word Forms of Despot

Noun

Singular:
despot
Plural:
despots

Origin of Despot

  • From Old French despote, from Medieval Latin despota, from Ancient Greek δεσπότης (despótēs, “lord, master, owner”), from the Proto-Indo-European phrase *déms pótis (“master of the house”).

    From Wiktionary

  • French despote from Medieval Latin despota from Greek despotēs master dem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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