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
Full Definition of despot
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 a : a ruler with absolute power and authority b : a person exercising power tyrannically
Examples of despot in a sentence
He was a successful basketball coach, but many people regarded him as a petty despot.
The company is run by a benevolent despot.
Rhymes with despot
DESPOT Defined for Kids
Definition of despot for Students
: a ruler having absolute power and authority and especially one who rules cruelly
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