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[dih-spot-ik] /dɪˈspɒt ɪk/
of, relating to, or of the nature of a despot or despotism; autocratic; tyrannical.
Also, despotical.
Origin of despotic
1640-50; < French despotique < Greek despotikós. See despot, -ic
Related forms
despotically, adverb
nondespotic, adjective
nondespotically, adverb
undespotic, adjective
undespotically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • He dismissed what he described as their “despotic” rule, and he advocated fearlessly for democracy.
  • More despotic than any coach are the orchestra conductors, each of whom puts his individual stamp on the group he directs.
  • It is often the threat of civil unrest that keeps governments from becoming despotic.
  • They are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than bureaucracy.
  • That rule was not very exacting, but it was despotic.
  • Early in his reign, he sought to distance himself from his father's despotic rule by instituting a number of reforms.
Word Origin and History for despotic

1640s, from French despotique (14c.), from Greek despotikos, from despotes (see despot). Related: Despotical; despotically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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