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despotic

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adjective des·pot·ic \des-ˈpä-tik, dis-\

Definition of despotic

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a despot

despotically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Examples of despotic in a sentence

  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>



1604

First Known Use of despotic

1604



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