What does despotism mean?

Definitions for despotismˈdɛs pəˌtɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absolutism, tyranny, despotism(noun)

    dominance through threat of punishment and violence

  2. dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny(noun)

    a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

Wiktionary

  1. despotism(Noun)

    government by a singular authority, either a single person or tight-knit group, which rules with absolute power

Webster Dictionary

  1. Despotism(noun)

    the power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny

  2. Despotism(noun)

    a government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. despotisme.]

Freebase

  1. Despotism

    Despotism is a form of government in which a single entity rules with absolute power. That entity may be an individual, as in an autocracy, or it may be a group, as in an oligarchy. The word despotism means to "rule in the fashion of a despot" and does not necessarily require a singular "despot", an individual. Despot comes from the Greek despotes, which roughly means "master" or "one with power", and it has been used to translate a wide variety of titles and positions. It was used to describe the unlimited power and authority of the Pharaohs of Egypt, employed in the Byzantine court as a title of nobility, used by the rulers of Byzantine vassal states, and adopted as a title of the Byzantine Emperors. Thus, despot is found to have different meanings and interpretations at various times in history and can not be described by a single definition. This is similar to the other Greek titles basileus and autokrator, which, along with despot, have been used at various times to describe everything from a local chieftain to a simple ruler, king or emperor. Colloquially, despot has been applied pejoratively to a person, particularly a head of state or government, who abuses their power and authority to oppress their people, subjects or subordinates. In this sense, it is similar to the pejorative connotations that have likewise arisen with the term tyrant. Dictator has also developed nearly similar pejorative connotations, though despot and tyrant tend to stress cruelty and even enjoyment therefrom, while dictator tends to imply more harshness or unfair implementation of law.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of despotism in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of despotism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ben Carson:

    I beg to differ, if you go back and look at the history of the world, tyranny and despotism and how it starts, it has a lot to do with control of thought and control of speech.

  2. Joseph de Maistre:

    Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man.

  3. Herbert Spencer:

    If men use their liberty in such a way as to surrender their liberty, are they thereafter any the less slaves If people by a plebiscite elect a man despot over them, do they remain free because the despotism was of their own making

  4. Marquis de Sade:

    If the objects who serve us feel ecstacy, they are much more often concerned with themselves than with us, and our own enjoyment is consequently impaired. The idea of seeing another person experience the same pleasure reduces one to a kind of equality which spoils the unutterable charms that come from despotism.

  5. Joseph Addison:

    Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.

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