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
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
Definition of autocrat for English Language Learners
: a person who rules with total power
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