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[aw-tuh-krat] /ˈɔ təˌkræt/
an absolute ruler, especially a monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government as by inherent right, not subject to restrictions.
a person invested with or claiming to exercise absolute authority.
a person who behaves in an authoritarian manner; a domineering person.
Origin of autocrat
1795-1805; < Greek autokratḗs self-ruling, ruling alone, equivalent to auto- auto-1 + krat- (stem of krátos power) + -ēs adj. suffix Unabridged
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  • The cautious friar accordingly held his peace and his place, and there was none to dispute the sway of the autocrat.

  • He found it extremely difficult, autocrat as he was, to put it into words.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • In the succeeding years he lived as an autocrat and a patriarch amid his farms and his herds, respected by many and feared by all.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There was no county in which he was more of an autocrat than in Elbert.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • Captain Candage, deposed as autocrat for the moment, seemed to be uncertain as to his duties.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • There were not wanting some who liked the Professor better than the autocrat.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • It argued no ordinary confidence on the part of the intriguer to speak in such a fashion of the autocrat of All the Russias.

    The International Spy Allen Upward
  • autocrat and autocracy were not pleasant-sounding words just then.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
British Dictionary definitions for autocrat


a ruler who possesses absolute and unrestricted authority
a domineering or dictatorial person
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Contemporary definitions for autocrat

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

Word Origin

Greek autokrates 'ruling by oneself''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for autocrat

1803, from French autocrate, from Greek autokrates "ruling by oneself, absolute, autocratic," from autos- "self" (see auto-) + kratia "rule," from kratos "strength, power" (see -cracy). First used by Robert Southey, with reference to Napoleon. An earlier form was autocrator (1789), used in reference to the Russian Czars. Earliest form in English is the fem. autocratress (1762).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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