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autocrat

[aw-tuh-krat]
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noun
  1. an absolute ruler, especially a monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government as by inherent right, not subject to restrictions.
  2. a person invested with or claiming to exercise absolute authority.
  3. 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
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Examples from the Web for autocrat

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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

  • Alexander, as autocrat of all the Russias, did not suffer any authority but his own.

    The Story of Russia

    R. Van Bergen, M.A.


British Dictionary definitions for autocrat

autocrat

noun
  1. a ruler who possesses absolute and unrestricted authority
  2. a domineering or dictatorial person
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Word Origin and History for autocrat

n.

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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