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Definitions of despotism

  1. dominance through threat of punishment and violence Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Absolute power or government. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Absolute power. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Principles or rule of a despot; absolute sovereignty. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. Absolute power; autocracy; tyranny. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Absolute power; absolute government; arbitrary government. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A government with authority unlimited or uncontrolled; the government of an absolute prince; tyranny. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for despotism

  1. Meanwhile rapid strides were made towards despotism – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  2. In the first instance I consoled myself with the reflection that the world you had left was in a state of slavery and pressed down by the iron arm of despotism and that to die was gain, not only in all the parson tells us, but also in our liberty; and, at the second intelligence, I moderated my joy for nearly about the same reasons, resolving, notwithstanding what Dr Middleton may say, to die as I have lived, a true philosopher. – Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat