Definition of despot
- tyrannical despots
- regards the basketball coach as a despot
He was a successful basketball coach, but many people regarded him as a petty despot.
The company is run by a benevolent despot.
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: 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
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