autocratic

play
adjective au·to·crat·ic \ˌȯ-tə-ˈkra-tik\
variants: or less commonly

autocratical

play \-ti-kəl\

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.

Origin and Etymology of autocratic

see autocrat


First Known Use: 1769



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