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autocratic

or autocratical

[aw-tuh-krat-ik] /ˌɔ təˈkræt ɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or of the nature of autocracy or of an autocrat; absolute:
autocratic government.
2.
like an autocrat; tyrannical; despotic; domineering:
autocratic behavior; an autocratic person.
Origin of autocratic
1815-1825
1815-25; autocrat + -ic
Related forms
autocratically, adverb
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  • No rule is free from faults, and when it is autocratic a possible claimant for the chief post is a danger to the State.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
  • The answer was covered by the autocratic clang on the engine-room gong.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • Sue was loath to go, fearing she could not get back before you arrived, but you know your Aunt Clay and how 29 autocratic she is.

  • At present, an autocratic bureaucracy with no one man at the top.

    Equation of Doom Gerald Vance
  • One of the most important of these was caused by the rapid development of the autocratic Power.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for autocratic

autocratic

/ˌɔːtəˈkrætɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an absolute and unrestricted ruler
2.
domineering or dictatorial
Derived Forms
autocratically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for autocratic
adj.

1823, from French autocratique, from autocrate, from Greek autokrates (see autocrat). Earlier autocratoric (1670s) was directly from Greek autokratorikos. Autocratical is attested from 1801.

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