des·​pot·​ic de-ˈspä-tik How to pronounce despotic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a despot
a despotic government
despotically adverb

Examples of despotic in a Sentence

a nation ruled by a series of despotic rulers, each seemingly worse than the last the despotic coach demands that his players obey him without question
Recent Examples on the Web Eventually Noa does find his family — when he and Mae are captured and taken to a kingdom ruled by the despotic Proximus Caesar (Kevin Durand). Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2024 My father came from Iraq, where occupation, American meddling and despotic leadership were the norm in his lifetime. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2024 The point of helping Ukraine defend itself against its despotic foe — like the point of defending Israel, or Taiwan, or NATO members rich or poor — isn’t altruism. Bret Stephens, The Mercury News, 17 Feb. 2024 That includes efforts to undermine democracy by anyone with designs on despotic rule. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for despotic 

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First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of despotic was in 1604

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“Despotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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