despot

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noun des·pot \ˈdes-pət, -ˌpät\

Definition of despot

  1. 1a :  a Byzantine emperor or princeb Christianity :  a bishop or patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Churchc :  an Italian hereditary prince or military leader during the Renaissance

  2. 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

  1. He was a successful basketball coach, but many people regarded him as a petty despot.

  2. The company is run by a benevolent despot.

Origin and Etymology of despot

Medieval French despote, from Greek despotēs master, lord, autocrat, from des- (akin to domos house) + -potēs (akin to posis husband); akin to Sanskrit dampati lord of the house — more at dome, potent


First Known Use: 1585

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DESPOT Defined for English Language Learners

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noun des·pot \ˈdes-pət, -ˌpät\

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

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noun des·pot \ˈde-spət\

Definition of despot for Students

  1. :  a ruler having absolute power and authority and especially one who rules cruelly



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