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despot n : a cruel and oppressive dictator [syn: tyrant, autocrat]

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From etyl grc δεσπότης.


  1. A ruler with absolute power; a tyrant.


ruler with absolute power; tyrant

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Extensive Definition

Despot may refer to:
  • tzar
  • Despot (court title), a Byzantine court title
  • Despotism, a form of government where power is concentrated in the hands of an individual or a small group
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Simon Legree, absolute monarch, absolute ruler, all-powerful ruler, arrogator, autarch, autocrat, caesar, commissar, czar, dictator, disciplinarian, driver, duce, hard master, martinet, oligarch, oppressor, pharaoh, slave driver, stickler, strong man, tyrant, usurper, warlord
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