Definition of despot
2a : a ruler with absolute power and authority tyrannical despotsb : 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.
Recent Examples of despot from the Web
Whereas the Obama presidency kept the general at arm’s length, Trump’s counter-terrorism focus, anti-Islamism, and embrace of Arab despots are a godsend for Haftar.
Razze and Szot depict Perón as a reluctant political savior (rather than a minor despot of history) and present Eva’s life sympathetically (despite Che’s constant complaints).
The pariah state, ruled by youthful despot Kim Jong Un, has tested a series of missiles and repeatedly rattled its saber at its neighbors and the United States.
What Rubio, and other Latino Republicans leave out, is the role that the United States has played in these countries that have driven them to despots.
Some remember the elder Kim as an obsessive despot that played a game of nuclear chicken with the West, deepened his nation’s isolation and swaggered around luxury palaces while many of his citizens starved.
The despot's getaway is decorated with expensive antiques and works of art and guarded by North Korean troops.
The archive painstakingly preserves a George who is more than a despot or a madman.
Power-hungry despots will have a blast sending wave after wave of adventurers to do their dirty work.
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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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