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or despotical

[dih-spot-ik] /dɪˈspɒt ɪk/
of, relating to, or of the nature of a despot or despotism; autocratic; tyrannical.
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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  • All power, even the most despotic, rests ultimately on opinion.

  • What peace can he have with those over whom he exercises his despotic sway?

    Hiero Xenophon
  • In 1744 a Jesuit parish priest, Morales, by his despotic manner and arrogance, embittered the natives of his flock.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • What a rebel against authority you are for one so despotic yourself!

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • This lady is habitually authoritative to all, but to her poor husband she is despotic.

    Barchester Towers Anthony Trollope
  • She was not harsh or despotic, but careless and indifferent.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • But, on the other hand, a dog may easily receive too much discipline; he becomes like the child of a despotic father.

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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