Synonyms and Antonyms of despotism
a system of government in which the ruler has unlimited power <by the end of the 20th century many countries around the world had rejected despotism in favor of democracy> Synonyms absolutism, autarchy, authoritarianism, autocracy, Caesarism, czarism (also tsarism or tzarism), dictatorship, totalism, totalitarianism, tyranny Related Words monarchism, monarchy, monocracy; Big Brother, Big Brotherism, Communism, fascism, Nazism; domination, oppression Near Antonyms democracy, self-governance, self-government, self-rule; freedom, self-determination; autonomy, sovereignty (also sovranty)
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