Definition of Despotic

1. Adjective. Belonging to or having the characteristics of a despot.

Exact synonyms: Despotical
Partainyms: Despot, Despot
Derivative terms: Despot, Despot



2. Adjective. Ruled by or characteristic of a despot. "His administration was arrogant and despotic"
Similar to: Undemocratic
Derivative terms: Despot

3. Adjective. Characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty. "A tyrannical government"

Definition of Despotic

1. a. Having the character of, or pertaining to, a despot; absolute in power; possessing and abusing unlimited power; evincing despotism; tyrannical; arbitrary.

Definition of Despotic

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to a despot or tyrant. ¹

2. Adjective. Acting or ruling as a despot, tyrannical. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Despotic

1. despot [adj] - See also: despot

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Despotic

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Literary usage of Despotic

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1. Lectures on Jurisprudence, Or, The Philosophy of Positive Law by John Austin (1885)
"VI From the nature of political or civil liberty, I turn to the supposed difference betwen free and despotic governments. Every supreme government is free ..."

2. A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin: Presenting the Original Facts and Documents Upon by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1853)
"These are all abuses for which despotic governments are blamed. They are powers which good men who are despotic rulers are beginning to disuse ; but, ..."

3. English Constitutional History from the Teutonic Conquest to the Present Time by Thomas Pitt Taswell-Langmead (1905)
"despotic power of But although the Whigs and Tories were first so designated at the time of the Exclusion Bill, the germs of the two parties may be ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1899)
"In the Byzantine palace the emperor was the first slave of the ceremonies which he imposed, of the rigid forms which despotic regulated each word and ..."

5. The Confessions of an English Opium-eater by Thomas De Quincey (1913)
"A slave he was to this potent drug not less abject than Caliban to Pros pero—his detested and yet despotic master. Like Caliban, he frets his very ..."

6. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1865)
"The Democratic Platform in Kentucky.—Political Ambidexterity.—Burnside's despotic Orders.—The Kentucky "Board of Trade."—An Election by Bayonets. ..."

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