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autocrat

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noun au·to·crat \ˈȯ-tə-ˌkrat\

Simple Definition of autocrat

  • : a person who rules with total power

Full Definition of autocrat

  1. 1 :  a person (as a monarch) ruling with unlimited authority

  2. 2 :  one who has undisputed influence or power

Examples of autocrat

  1. <European autocrats once commonly believed that they had received the right to rule directly from God.>



Origin of autocrat

French autocrate, from Greek autokratēs ruling by oneself, absolute, from aut- + -kratēs ruling — more at -crat


First Known Use: 1800



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