Despotism meaning

dĕspə-tĭzəm
Despotism is defined as a situation in which a ruler has absolute power.

A monarchy where a king has absolute power is an example of despotism.

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A political system, state, etc. dominated by a despot.
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The actions of a despot; tyranny.
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Rule by or as if by a despot; absolute power or authority.
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The methods or acts of a despot; tyranny.
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Government by a singular authority, either a single person or tight-knit group, which rules with absolute power, especially in a cruel and oppressive way.
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Rule or domination by a despot; autocracy.
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Origin of despotism

  • From French despotisme.

    From Wiktionary