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Meaning of DESPOTISM

Pronunciation:  'despu`tizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
  2. [n]  dominance through threat of punishment and violence

DESPOTISM is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: absolutism, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny, tyranny
 See Also: ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, autarchy, autocracy, control, dominance, police state



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Des"po*tism\, n. [Cf. F. despotisme.]
1. The power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute
   control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny. ``The
   despotism of vice.'' --Byron.

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

         Despotism . . . is the only form of government which
         may with safety to itself neglect the education of
         its infant poor.                      --Bp. Horsley.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: absolute monarchy, absolutism, argumentum baculinum, autarchy, authoritarianism, autocracy, benevolent despotism, big stick, Caesarism, czarism, dictatorship, domination, domineering, fascism, heavy hand, high hand, iron boot, iron hand, iron heel, kaiserism, monarchy, monocracy, one-man rule, one-party rule, oppression, paternalism, reign of terror, repression, Stalinism, suppression, terrorism, thought control, totalitarianism, tyranny