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Meaning of DESPOTIC

Pronunciation:  di'spâtik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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"
  2. [adj]  ruled by or characteristic of a despot; "moved from a feudal to a despotic order"; "his administration was arrogant and despotic"
  3. [adj]  belonging to or having the characteristics of a despot

DESPOTIC is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: authoritarian, autocratic, despotical, dictatorial, tyrannical, undemocratic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Des*pot"ic\, Despotical \Des*pot"ic*al\, a. [Gr. ?:
cf. F. despotique.]
Having the character of, or pertaining to, a despot; absolute
in power; possessing and abusing unlimited power; evincing
despotism; tyrannical; arbitrary. -- {Des*pot"ic*al*ly}, adv.
-- {Des*pot"ic*al*ness}, n.

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