autocrat

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noun au·to·crat \ ˈȯ-tə-ˌkrat \

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.

Examples of autocrat in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of autocrat

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


AUTOCRAT Defined for English Language Learners

autocrat

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Definition of autocrat for English Language Learners

  • : a person who rules with total power



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