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noun au·to·crat \ˈ-tə-ˌkrat\

: a person who rules with total power

Full Definition of AUTOCRAT

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

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism


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