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Sunday, October 10, 1999

Definitions for autocrat

  1. An absolute monarch who rules with unlimited authority; by extension, any person with undisputed authority in a relationship or situation.

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Citations for autocrat
Octavian -- a bloodthirsty ideologue in the civil wars -- was by then well on his way to reinventing himself as Rome's benevolent autocrat, its first (and almost only) 'good' Emperor, Augustus. Mary Beard, The Guardian
The Russian noble is alike a serf to his autocrat, and an autocrat to his serf. Herbert Spencer, Social Statics
Origin of autocrat
Autocrat is from Greek autokrates, "ruling by oneself," from auto-, "self" + -krates, "ruling," from kratos, "strength, power, rule, dominion."