autocratic

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adjective au·to·crat·ic \ˌȯ-tə-ˈkra-tik\

Definition of autocratic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being an autocracy :  absolute <an autocratic government>

  2. 2 :  characteristic of or resembling an autocrat :  despotic <an autocratic ruler>

autocratically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of autocratic in a sentence

  1. <democracy is supposed to protect the people against the rise of autocratic rulers>

  2. <an autocratic Boy Scout leader who is under the delusion that he's still an army colonel>

Did You Know?

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.

1772

First Known Use of autocratic

1772

Variants of autocratic

less commonly

autocratical

play \-ti-kəl\


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