These affinities are arguably at the heart of the 40-year dalliance of Iranian and Syrian despots.
True, there are some Muslims who are fascist, but why blame Islam for the tyranny of despots?
As the trial continues, one thing is certain: Both the despots and ordinary people will be watching closely.
1560s, "absolute ruler," from Old French despot (14c.), from Medieval Latin despota, from Greek despotes "master of a household, lord, absolute ruler," from PIE *dems-pota-; for first element see domestic (adj.); second element cognate with Latin potis, potens (see potent).
Faintly pejorative in Greek, progressively more so as used in various languages for Roman emperors, Christian rulers of Ottoman provinces, and Louis XVI during the French Revolution. The female equivalent was despoina "lady, queen, mistress," source of the proper name Despina.