Definition of autocrator
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Origin and Etymology of autocrator
Russian & Late Latin; Russian avtokrator & Late Latin autocrator, from Greek autokratōr absolute ruler, absolute, from aut- + -kratōr (from kratein to rule, from kratos power)
First Known Use: 1718
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