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despotism

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noun des·po·tism \ˈdes-pə-ˌti-zəm\

Simple Definition of despotism

  • : rule by a despot

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of despotism

  1. 1 a :  rule by a despot b :  despotic exercise of power

  2. 2 a :  a system of government in which the ruler has unlimited power :  absolutism b :  a despotic state

Examples of despotism in a sentence

  1. <by the end of the 20th century many countries around the world had rejected despotism in favor of democracy>



Circa 1727

First Known Use of despotism

circa 1727



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