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[aw-tuh-krat-ik] /ˌɔ təˈkræt ɪk/
pertaining to or of the nature of autocracy or of an autocrat; absolute:
autocratic government.
like an autocrat; tyrannical; despotic; domineering:
autocratic behavior; an autocratic person.
Also, autocratical.
Origin of autocratic
1815-25; autocrat + -ic
Related forms
autocratically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for autocratic
  • What's worse, government power seems to tickle autocratic fantasies.
  • Protesters may even succeed in toppling corrupt, autocratic regimes.
  • Although he is unlikely to persuade the hopelessly autocratic, everyone else is bound to learn something.
  • As a landlord he is picturesquely autocratic.
  • He was autocratic, vain and he loved to hog the spotlight.
  • Yet this did not imply autocratic caprice.
  • Maybe not all one-party systems are all that autocratic after all.
  • Although military rule dominated Thailand until 1988, it was less autocratic.
  • In the case of state control, it's obviously autocratic.
  • Society must have freedoms or else return to dictatorial or autocratic rule.
British Dictionary definitions for autocratic


of or relating to an absolute and unrestricted ruler
domineering or dictatorial
Derived Forms
autocratically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for autocratic

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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