Definition of despotism
1a : oppressive absolute (see absolute 2) power and authority exerted by government : rule by a despot an excess of law is despotism, from which free men revolt — S. B. Pettengillb : oppressive or despotic exercise of power educational despotism
2a : a system of government in which the ruler has unlimited power : absolutismb : a despotic state enduring the despotism of the czars
Examples of despotism in a Sentence
by the end of the 20th century many countries around the world had rejected despotism in favor of democracy
Recent Examples of despotism from the Web
Such a step would smack of despotism in a capital that cherishes checks on power.
What’s striking here is that the same folks who see in Mr. Trump a Mussolini in waiting are blind to the soft despotism that has already taken root in our government.
Theoretically, at least, to give democracy any standing-ground for an argument with despotism or oligarchy, a majority of the men composing it should be statesmen and thinkers.
Out there — in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere — wars rage, drought crisps the land, democracy strains against despotism.
Enlightened despotism is thus preferable to democracy: the masses require protection from themselves.
It’s built around the simple, alluring principle that unbridled communication can undermine despotism.
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DESPOTISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of despotism for English Language Learners
: rule by a despot
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