despotic

[dih-spot-ik]
adjective
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a despot or despotism; autocratic; tyrannical.
Also, despotical.


Origin:
1640–50; < French despotique < Greek despotikós. See despot, -ic

despotically, adverb
nondespotic, adjective
nondespotically, adverb
undespotic, adjective
undespotically, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To despotic
Collins
World English Dictionary
despot (ˈdɛspɒt)
 
n
1.  an absolute or tyrannical ruler; autocrat or tyrant
2.  any person in power who acts tyrannically
3.  a title borne by numerous persons of rank in the later Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires: the despot of Servia
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin despota, from Greek despotēs lord, master; related to Latin domus house]
 
despotic
 
adj
 
des'potical
 
adj
 
des'potically
 
adv

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

despotic
1640s, from Fr. despotique (14c.), from Gk. despotikos, from despotes (see despot).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
And a despotic king he became as he pursued not only a career on stage and in
  films but also money and women.
This is hardly maniacal and despotic.
The stallion's mastery over his brood is despotic.
As you point out, repercussions from this despotic conduct linger on a century
  later.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature