Definition of despotic in English:


Line breaks: des|pot¦ic
Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɒtɪk


Of or typical of a despot; tyrannical: a despotic regime
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  • Obeying no law, despotic authority was arbitrary, and its animating spirit was fear.
  • Autocratic, theocratic, despotic regimes allow no political freedom, all thought is outlawed, and brute suppression is the norm.
  • There is not a grain of evidence that primitive government was despotic and tyrannical.



Pronunciation: /-ˈspɒtɪk(ə)li/
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  • As an additional benefit, military spending also consumes resources that might otherwise be used to woo our power-base of poverty stricken, powerless, despotically ruled zealots.
  • But the despotism in certain dingy and decayed tribes in the twentieth century does not prove that the first men were ruled despotically.
  • The famous treason statute of 1352, which had spelt out what was (and by exclusion, was not) treason, appeared not to cover, except by a big leap, what the earl had done in ruling despotically in Ireland.

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