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

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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 But as prices have doubled, quality deteriorated and lines have grown ridiculously long, citizens who would not have dared to complain before, fearing the autocratic government of President Bashar al-Assad, are venting their ire. Washington Post, "Syria’s bread lines are so long that children have to skip school to wait in them," 26 Dec. 2020 Most high school kids have enough to worry about without pounding the streets demanding reforms in an autocratic regime. NBC News, "Young protesters in Thailand risk much to demand change from military, monarchy," 25 Nov. 2020 In a hybrid autocratic-capitalist model, capitalism is the means to generate wealth, but power is the end goal. Michael Hochberg, National Review, "The Bill Is Coming Due for China’s ‘Capitalist’ Experiment," 1 Jan. 2021 Hawley describes Roosevelt as driven by a combination of warrior republicanism and crude racialism, which at times led him to adopt autocratic racial theories and dreams of imperial conquest. Zaid Jilani, Washington Examiner, "Man in the arena," 31 Dec. 2020 For a man trying to turn the page on the autocratic presidency of his predecessor, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the omens are not good. The Economist, "Abdelmadjid Tebboune returns to an ailing Algeria," 30 Dec. 2020 His willful, sometimes autocratic manner and gaunt good looks contributed to his magnetism. New York Times, "Pierre Cardin, Designer to the Famous and Merchant to the Masses, Dies at 98," 29 Dec. 2020 The absence of this kind of engagement, in their view, has emboldened autocratic regimes, hamstrung advocates of human rights, and left the field open for major powers like China and Russia to become more assertive. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘America is back.’ What that means to the world.," 12 Nov. 2020 Their only acceptable response is an autocratic ruler with absolute control over all the functions of government. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Readers React: Your Say: Trump 2024?," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Autocratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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