au·​to·​crat | \ ˈȯ-tə-ˌkrat How to pronounce autocrat (audio) \

Definition of autocrat

1 : a person (such as a monarch) ruling with unlimited authority
2 : one who has undisputed influence or power He was the autocrat of his household.

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Examples of autocrat in a Sentence

European autocrats once commonly believed that they had received the right to rule directly from God.
Recent Examples on the Web The protagonist is a goat named Destiny, an exile returning to the fictional African nation of Jidada after the ouster of its longtime autocrat, Old Horse (explicitly modelled on Robert Mugabe), by a new authoritarian, called the Savior. The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 But critics think of him as something else: an autocrat, a diss only matched by the facts. Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2022 Experts have described Orbán as a new-school despot, a soft autocrat, an anocrat, and a reactionary populist. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 In 1804, another modernizing autocrat, Napoleon Bonaparte, arrested Louis Antoine, the duke of Enghien, on suspicion of sedition. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 Another autocrat, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had warm ties with Putin, has invoked a 1930s convention that could complicate Russia’s Black Sea naval operations. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 28 Feb. 2022 Their resistance against fearsome odds is an inspiration and has awakened the world to the menace of the Kremlin autocrat. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Feb. 2022 Bismarck was a cacophony of contradictions: an autocrat who fostered democracy, a fierce Prussian who promoted German nationalism, an ultraconservative who courted socialists, a warmonger who mastered diplomacy. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 To put things mildly, Putin is not a good actor on the global stage, but the Russian autocrat is not the primary cause of pain at the pump, in the grocery store, or anywhere in between. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of autocrat

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for autocrat

French autocrate, from Greek autokratēs ruling by oneself, absolute, from aut- + -kratēs ruling — more at -crat

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11 Aug 2022

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“Autocrat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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