Definition of despot in English:

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despot

Pronunciation: /ˈdespət/

noun

A ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way.
Example sentences
  • History should have taught us that despots, nuclear powers, rogue states et al do not attack strong adversaries; they prey on the weak.
  • Here's a case where a POW was likely murdered, yet they are the same ones insisting that we leave the despot in power.
  • They have been consistent in their demands for firm international action to force the despot from power.
Synonyms
tyrant, oppressor, dictator, absolute ruler, totalitarian, autocrat
informal slave driver

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French despote, via medieval Latin from Greek despotēs 'master, absolute ruler'. Originally (after the Turkish conquest of Constantinople) the term denoted a petty Christian ruler under the Turkish empire. The current sense dates from the late 18th century.

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  • This comes, via French and medieval Latin, from Greek despotēs ‘master, lord, absolute ruler’ (in modern Greek used for a bishop). Originally, after the Turkish conquest of Constantinople, the term denoted a petty Christian ruler under the Turkish empire. The current sense dates from the late 18th century.

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