adjective \des-ˈpä-tik, dis-\

Definition of DESPOTIC

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of a despot
des·pot·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of DESPOTIC

  1. <a nation ruled by a series of despotic rulers, each seemingly worse than the last>
  2. <the despotic coach demands that his players obey him without question>

First Known Use of DESPOTIC


Other Government and Politics Terms

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


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