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[aw-tuh-krat-ik or aw-tuh-krat-i-kuh l] /ˌɔ təˈkræt ɪk or ˌɔ təˈkræt ɪ kəl/
pertaining to or of the nature of autocracy or of an autocrat; absolute:
autocratic government.
like an autocrat; tyrannical; despotic; domineering:
autocratic behavior; an autocratic person.
Origin of autocratic
First recorded in 1815-25; autocrat + -ic
Related forms
autocratically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for autocratic
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  • Cyrus is made to behave rather like the autocratic father of a goody story-book.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • The answer was covered by the autocratic clang on the engine-room gong.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • At present, an autocratic bureaucracy with no one man at the top.

    Equation of Doom

    Gerald Vance
  • Is it likely that such feel the autocratic pressure of their Tsar?

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • They charged Susan with lust for power and autocratic control.

    Susan B. Anthony Alma Lutz
British Dictionary definitions for autocratic


of or relating to an absolute and unrestricted ruler
domineering or dictatorial
Derived Forms
autocratically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for autocratic

1823, from French autocratique, from autocrate, from Greek autokrates (see autocrat). Earlier autocratoric (1670s) was directly from Greek autokratorikos. Autocratical is attested from 1801.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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