Definitions of despotic

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. ruled by or characteristic of a despot; "moved from a feudal to a despotic order"; "his administration was arrogant and despotic" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Absolute in power; autocratic; tyrannical. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Pertaining to, or like, a despot; arbitrary; tyrannical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. Of or like a despot or despotism; tyrannical. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Exercising absolute or uncontrolled power; unlimited; unrestrained. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for despotic

  1. Now, on the contrary, it was to free themselves from a despotic yoke that the nations of Europe had in their turn taken up arms and were preparing to invade France. – Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, v12 by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
  2. The peaceable settlement for which the regent took credit to herself was very far from according with his wishes, which sought rather for a legitimate pretext to deprive the provinces of their privileges, which were so obnoxious to his despotic temper. – The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete by Frederich Schiller