autocratic

adjective
au·​to·​crat·​ic | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce autocratic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly autocratical \ ˌȯ-​tə-​ˈkra-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce autocratic (audio) \

Definition of autocratic

1 : of, relating to, or being an autocracy : absolute an autocratic government
2 : characteristic of or resembling an autocrat : despotic an autocratic ruler

Other Words from autocratic

autocratically \ ˌȯ-​tə-​ˈkra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce autocratic (audio) \ adverb

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Autos in Greek means "same" or "self", so in an autocratic government all the power is held by the leader him- or herself. Autocratic governments are often called dictatorships, or sometimes autocracies. In everyday life, a teacher, a parent, or a football coach can all behave like autocrats as well.

Examples of autocratic in a Sentence

democracy is supposed to protect the people against the rise of autocratic rulers an autocratic Boy Scout leader who is under the delusion that he's still an army colonel
Recent Examples on the Web It is intended, first and foremost, for Mr. Putin, but also for his key autocratic ally, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and the dozens of leaders worldwide who have so far hesitated to denounce the invasion. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 May 2022 Among those politicians was Hungary’s autocratic prime minister, Viktor Orban, a rising darling of the international far right. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 Few countries, even the most autocratic, have the surveillance network and social control mechanisms to impose anything like zero-Covid. Robert Mahoney, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Critics fear a threat to democracy under Le Pen, a nationalist who is cozy with Hungary’s autocratic prime minister, Viktor Orban, and anti-immigrant far-right parties elsewhere in Europe. Elaine Ganley, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2022 Critics fear a threat to democracy under Le Pen, a nationalist who is cozy with Hungary’s autocratic prime minister, Viktor Orban, and anti-immigrant far-right parties elsewhere in Europe. Elaine Ganley, ajc, 22 Apr. 2022 Naím wonders if further autocratic control during a pandemic is an effective strategy and hopes that vaccines will help restore trust in democratic governments. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 This leadership style is the opposite of the autocratic style. Chastity Heyward, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Xi Jinping’s regime actively promotes its autocratic political, social, and economic system as a better form of governance for other countries. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of autocratic

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for autocratic

see autocrat

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8 May 2022

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“Autocratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autocratic. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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