Despot meaning

dĕspət
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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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Anyone in charge who acts like a tyrant.
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A ruler with absolute power; a tyrant.
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A ruler with absolute power.
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An absolute ruler; king with unlimited powers; autocrat.
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A person who wields power oppressively; a tyrant.
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A title awarded to senior members of the imperial family in the late Byzantine Empire, and claimed by various independent or semi-autonomous rulers in the Balkans (12th to 15th centuries)
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(historical) A title applied to certain classes of rulers, as Byzantine emperors or bishops of the Eastern Church.
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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”).

    From Wiktionary