Definition of despot
2a : a ruler with absolute power and authority <tyrannical despots>b : one exercising power tyrannically : a person exercising absolute power in a brutal or oppressive way <regards the basketball coach as a despot>
Examples of despot in a sentence
He was a successful basketball coach, but many people regarded him as a petty despot.
The company is run by a benevolent despot.
DESPOT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of despot for English Language Learners
: a ruler who has total power and who often uses that power in cruel and unfair ways
: a person who has a lot of power over other people
DESPOT Defined for Kids
Definition of despot for Students
: a ruler having absolute power and authority and especially one who rules cruelly
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