des·​pot·​ic | \ de-ˈspä-tik How to pronounce despotic (audio) , di- \

Definition of despotic

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a despot a despotic government

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Other Words from despotic

despotically \ de-​ˈspä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce despotically (audio) , di-​ \ 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 Both Haas' Esty and Spencer's Walker must learn to navigate the delicate and despotic social infrastructures keeping them poor, dependent and uneducated. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys' Limited-Series Race Dominated by Feminist Stories," 7 Aug. 2020 In Europe many liberals opposed slavery but supported despotic imperial rule overseas. The Economist, "In the balance Enlightenment liberalism is losing ground in the debate about race," 9 July 2020 Teachout’s thesis is provocative and simple: that monopolistic corporations operate a despotic parallel governmental system. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Monopolies Make Their Own Rules," 7 July 2020 Even North Korea, by many assessments the world’s most thuggish and despotic regime, tried to seize the moral high ground. The Economist, "Global protests How George Floyd’s death reverberates around the world," 8 June 2020 The incidents of violence and intimidation against journalists in U.S. cities recall what human rights observers and peacekeepers often see in a war zone or despotic regimes where the rule of law is shaky and press freedoms almost non-existent. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "‘Simply for doing their jobs’: International monitors condemn attacks on U.S. press freedoms," 2 June 2020 In Turkmenistan, that police have arrested people discussing the pandemic in public, while despotic Berdymukhammedov has refused to cancel a slate of public events, including the Central Asian nation’s annual Horse Day later this month. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump aligns with the world’s ‘ostrich’ leaders," 20 Apr. 2020 Start with despotic Russia in the First World War and continue with Stalin, a mass murderer, in the Second. Josef Joffe, WSJ, "‘How to Make Love to a Despot’ Review: Safe—But Not for Democracy," 13 Apr. 2020 Venezuela and Nicaragua remain under the grip of despotic regimes. Otto Reich, National Review, "The Twin Contagions Facing Latin America," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of despotic

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for despotic

see despot

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22 Aug 2020

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“Despotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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