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despot

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noun des·pot \ˈdes-pət, -ˌpät\

Simple Definition of despot

  • : a ruler who has total power and who often uses that power in cruel and unfair ways

  • : a person who has a lot of power over other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of despot

  1. 1 a :  a Byzantine emperor or prince b :  a bishop or patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church c :  an Italian hereditary prince or military leader during the Renaissance

  2. 2 a :  a ruler with absolute power and authority b :  a person exercising power tyrannically

Examples of despot in a sentence

  1. He was a successful basketball coach, but many people regarded him as a petty despot.

  2. The company is run by a benevolent despot.



Origin and Etymology of despot

Middle French despote, from Greek despotēs master, lord, autocrat, from des- (akin to domos house) + -potēs (akin to posis husband); akin to Sanskrit dampati lord of the house — more at dome, potent


First Known Use: 1585

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DESPOT Defined for Kids

despot

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noun des·pot \ˈde-spət\

Definition of despot for Students

  1. :  a ruler having absolute power and authority and especially one who rules cruelly





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