Definition of autocrat in English:


Syllabification: au·to·crat
Pronunciation: /ˈôtəˌkrat


  • 1A ruler who has absolute power.
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    • And he was, if you like, an absolute autocrat, a ruler.
    • As revolution spread to Palermo, Milan and Naples it seemed as if the people of Italy could break the domination of the myriad of foreign rulers and domestic autocrats.
    • They established a framework for a strongly authoritarian government and placed no limitations on the powers of the autocrat.
  • 1.1Someone who insists on complete obedience from others; an imperious or domineering person.
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    • The rights of individuals are no longer inalienable, nor are their persons inviolable; all depends on the good will of the Commander, the military autocrat.
    • But, in corporations, the autocrats who run these places can't leave people on their own.
    • In other words, churches had been razed on the basis of an untruth, while the laity - who generally opposed changes mandated by clerical autocrats - were expected to foot the bill.


early 19th century: from French autocrate, from Greek autokratēs, from autos 'self' + kratos 'power'.

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