An example of a despot is an evil dictator.
Origin of despot
- 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
- 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”).