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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 implicit obedience this autocrat commanded set them in a whirl.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • It appeased and disarmed this anarchist who was also an autocrat.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • She has always had the germ of the ruler and autocrat in her soul.

    Fair to Look Upon

    Mary Belle Freeley
  • The Irish Minister for Agriculture by no means rules as an autocrat.

    Home Rule Harold Spender
  • But when this autocrat had made up his mind, objections were brushed aside.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • Alexander, as autocrat of all the Russias, did not suffer any authority but his own.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • Continued rule for half a generation must turn a man into an autocrat.

    The War in South Africa

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

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
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).

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