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[dih-spot-ik] /dɪˈspɒt ɪk/
of, relating to, or of the nature of a despot or despotism; autocratic; tyrannical.
Also, despotical.
Origin of despotic
1640-50; < French despotique < Greek despotikós. See despot, -ic
Related forms
despotically, adverb
nondespotic, adjective
nondespotically, adverb
undespotic, adjective
undespotically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What peace can he have with those over whom he exercises his despotic sway?

    Hiero Xenophon
  • Nor have the terms of truce been yet devised, on which the despotic ruler may rely with confidence.

    Hiero Xenophon
  • Punishment is ever prompt in this country, and despotic methods prevail.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • In all countries custom has much power; but in the East it is despotic.

  • What a rebel against authority you are for one so despotic yourself!

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • These monsters ruled France for a time with the most despotic sway.

  • The President had condemned this order as illegal and despotic.

    Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863 Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
Word Origin and History for despotic

1640s, from French despotique (14c.), from Greek despotikos, from despotes (see despot). Related: Despotical; despotically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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