Definitions for despotic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. despotic, despotical(adj)

    belonging to or having the characteristics of a despot

  2. despotic(adj)

    ruled by or characteristic of a despot

    "moved from a feudal to a despotic order"; "his administration was arrogant and despotic"

  3. authoritarian, autocratic, dictatorial, despotic, tyrannic, tyrannical(adj)

    characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty

    "an authoritarian regime"; "autocratic government"; "despotic rulers"; "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war"; "a tyrannical government"


  1. despotic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a despot or tyrant.

    This despotic age of the empire ended in a revolt.

  2. despotic(Adjective)

    Acting or ruling as a despot, tyrannical.

    The despotic king dissolved the parliament, and took personal control of the country.

  3. Origin: From δεσποτικός via despotique.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Despotic(adj)

    alt. of Despotical

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