autocrat

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noun au·to·crat \ˈȯ-tə-ˌkrat\

Definition of autocrat

  1. 1 :  a person (such as a monarch) ruling with unlimited authority

  2. 2 :  one who has undisputed influence or power He was the autocrat of his household.

Examples of autocrat in a Sentence

  1. European autocrats once commonly believed that they had received the right to rule directly from God.

Origin and Etymology of autocrat

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


First Known Use: 1762


AUTOCRAT Defined for English Language Learners

autocrat

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noun au·to·crat \ˈȯ-tə-ˌkrat\

Definition of autocrat for English Language Learners

  • : a person who rules with total power



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