But Gaddafi and his family also shared close personal and business ties with other Italians who have now deserted the despot.
In the meantime, very few countries want to offer exile to a despot.
Hundreds have “martyred” themselves fighting Syrian despot Bashar al Assad.
Libyans surely deserve to toast the death of a despot like Gaddafi.
First she writes, “Obama refuses to draw the red line that will serve to stop the evil intentions of the Iranian despot.”
The picture of the despot as a good creature who shields the poor from the rich is not to be found among the facts of history.
Her brave, honest nature could understand a brute or a despot, but not a traitor.
The decrees of that merciless English despot, Propriety, claimed her for their own.
A yell of delight from the despot's own drowned a weaker chorus of protest.
Peerless, he was irresponsible—the captain of his soul, the despot of his future.
1560s, "absolute ruler," from Old French despot (14c.), from Medieval Latin despota, from Greek despotes "master of a household, lord, absolute ruler," from PIE *dems-pota-; for first element see domestic (adj.); second element cognate with Latin potis, potens (see potent).
Faintly pejorative in Greek, progressively more so as used in various languages for Roman emperors, Christian rulers of Ottoman provinces, and Louis XVI during the French Revolution. The female equivalent was despoina "lady, queen, mistress," source of the proper name Despina.